How It Feels
If you have electrodes on your skin, those places may itch slightly during the test. The skin on your chest may look or feel irritated when the
electrodes are removed.
The recording unit is very lightweight. So carrying it
usually is not uncomfortable.
There is no risk from ambulatory EKG monitoring. The electrodes
placed on your skin detect only the electrical signals from your heart. No
electricity is sent through your body. So there is no chance of getting
an electric shock.
An ambulatory electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that records
the electrical signals that control your heartbeat while you do your normal
Results of ambulatory EKG monitoring usually are looked at by a
cardiologist or cardiac electrophysiologist. The results are most often available in a
Ambulatory electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
No abnormal heart rhythms are found. Your heart rate may go up when you are active and go
down when you are sleeping.
Many kinds of abnormal heartbeats can be found by
- Abnormal slow, fast, or irregular heart rhythms are
found. Alternating slow and fast rhythms may also occur
now and then.
- A slow heart rhythm in a person with a
pacemaker may mean that the pacemaker is not working
as it should.
- Abnormal patterns may mean that the heart muscle is not
getting enough oxygen. This is called ischemia. It may happen if the arteries feeding the heart are too
The results of this test are compared with your
medical history, symptoms, and other test results. You may need to have the
test again if the results aren't clear.
What Affects the Test
The test results may not be accurate or helpful if:
- You do not keep a detailed diary of your daily
activities and symptoms.
- You don't start the recorder when you have symptoms. The intermittent recorder will give accurate results
only if you start the recorder when you have symptoms of possible heart
- The electrodes are not in the right spot.