Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring
Ambulatory cardiac monitoring is a way to watch and record the electrical activity of your heart. It is done as you go about your daily activities. Most of the recording devices are roughly the size of a pager or cell phone.
Heartbeat on EKG Monitor
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This test is used to determine whether the heart may be beating too slow or too fast. It also detects any abnormalities in heart rhythm.
Your heartbeat is regulated by electrical impulses. Sometimes there are abnormalities with these impulses. When the abnormality is happening all the time, it is easy to find in the doctor's office. But, sometimes the problem comes and goes. Ambulatory cardiac monitoring records your heart’s electrical activity for long periods of time. The length of time makes it much more likely to catch an abnormality that comes and goes.
Your doctor may advise ambulatory cardiac monitoring to assess:
- Fainting spells thought to be caused by the heart
- Occasional feeling that the heart is racing (palpitations)
- Treatment effectiveness for dangerous rhythm disturbances
Last reviewedNovember 2012by Michael J. Fucci, DO
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.