24 hour tape recordings of the ECG (Holter monitoring)

This technique involves continuously recording the ECG over 24 hours. It is usually done as an out-patient. It is useful in the diagnosis of symptoms or syncope, such as palpitation, which occur intermittently but seldom in the doctor’s surgery! It involves two visits to the surgery (to have the recorder fitted and to return it). The present recorders are surprisingly comfortable, quite and unobtrusive and permit all normal daily activities, but loose clothing should be worn. The patients are also given a simple diary in which to record the time of day when thay take any medications and symptoms occur.


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