24 Hour Tape

To detect irregular heart rhythms, patients wear a Walkman-size recording box attached to their chest by five adhesive electrode patches for 24 hours. The monitor shows changes in your heart rhythm over the course of a 24hour period that may not be detected during a resting or exercise ECG. If your doctor wants you to have this test, you will be asked to go about your daily activities as usual (except for showering or bathing) while you wear the small, portable recorder. You will be asked to come back to the hospital the next day so that the digital recordings can be downloaded and analysed.