Ambulatory monitoring (24hr tape)
This test is used to continuously monitor your heartbeat over a longer period; often 24 hours. During this time you wear a small recorder (monitor) about the size of a Sony Walkman. The monitor is attached to your body by means of electrodes. During the monitoring period if say you experience your symptoms at 3.00pm we ask you to make a note on a diary card. When the monitor is removed the recording is analysed and we can see what your heart was doing at the time of the symptoms. We encourage you to be normally active whilst you are wearing the recorder. However you cannot use the shower, bath or go swimming whilst the recorder is attached. In a small percentage of cases the recording is unsuccessful for technical reasons and has to be repeated.
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