What is Ambulatory cardiac monitoring?
There are different types of monitors thart you / your child may be given depending on the symptoms you have had. Most monitors use stickers placed on the chest to monitor and record heart rate and rhythm. Monitors are typically worn for 24hrs to 48 hrs, but can be up to 1 week. The Heart technician fitting the monitor will give you instructions and advice regarding the monitor at the appointment.
How long will the test take?
It will take about 15 minutes for the monitor to be fitted.
At the end of the recording period the stickers can be removed at home and the device returned to the department. Patients who live some distance from the hospital will have the option of returning the monitor by post.
It is very important that the monitor is returned to the department on time, otherwise other patients’ care may be disrupted.
What should I wear?
Preferably a loose fitting top; most of the monitors have clips to attach to a waist band, however for younger children, clothing with a pocket is preferable.
Do I record my symptoms?
The technician will give you / your child a diary in which you note down any symptoms that you have, e.g dizziness or palpitations. It is important that you record the time (from the clock on the recorder) and what you were doing when you had symptoms.
Can I carry out my normal activities?
We encourage you to continue all normal activities (except swimming). After having the monitor fitted you may return to work or school as normal. Exercise is sometimes encouraged if symptoms are specifically exercise related.
Can I have a bath or shower?
Unfortunately not. The monitors are electrical devices and cannot come into contact with water.
Do I have to sleep wearing the recorder?
Yes! You should wear the recorder overnight. it is important to record your heart rate and rhythm both during the day and night.