An ambulatory electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) records the electrical activity of your heart while you do your usual activities. For this test, you wear a lightweight, battery-operated tape recorder (monitor). It attaches to a strap that goes round your neck or around your waist. The recorder is connected by wires to small pads or patches (electrodes) taped to your chest. These detect the electrical signals from your heart. It will record any abnormal heart rhythm /Palpitations or any arrhythmias. No preparation is required for the test. You will be connected to the machine for 24-144 hours and you can remove it whilst having a bath or shower and thereafter reconnect in back on.
Evaluates the electrical activity of the heart over 24-144 hours.
The ambulatory 24 Hour ECG is performed using the "Novacor Vista ECG Recorder" which measures the ECG on:
Three continuous channels for up to 24-48 hours.
Two channels up to 72 hours.
One channel up to 144hours
The ECG is stored on a slot – in flash memory card, and can be read directly by "HolterSoft software" installed in the computer.
The Vista ECG recorder system weighs approximately 100gms and is attached to the patient with a single multi-lead cable connected to the ECG electrodes.