Patients who are referred to us with palpitations and/or heart rhythm problems are likely to have a 24-hour ECG monitor. As most patients’ symptoms occur only intermittently and it is likely that the heart rhythm disturbance causing your symptom may not be captured be on a simple ECG recording. By recording your heartbeat over a 24 hour period there is a greater chance of catching any abnormal heartbeats or rhythms and give our Consultants a more accurate picture of how often this is occurring. The information provided will help diagnose the cause of your symptoms allowing your Consultant to recommend the most effective treatment for your condition.
The 24-hour monitor is a very small device which is clipped on to your trousers or skirt and is linked to 5 ECG electrodes applied to your chest. The device records your heartbeat continuously over a 24 hour period. It is a painless, non-intrusive investigation which will not interfere with your day-to-day activities.