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 cell phone. Heartbeat on EKG MonitorCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, or any other concerns.

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    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 cell phone.

    Heartbeat on EKG Monitor
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    Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Test

    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
    • Treatment effectiveness for dangerous rhythm disturbances

  • Possible Complications

    There are no major complications associated with this test.