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Gain fast access to an ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) test with a consultant cardiologist of your choice
An ambulatory ECG is when the test is done over a longer period of time so that your heart can be recorded as you go about your daily life. This can last for anywhere from one to 14 days. It's a non-invasive test that shouldn't affect you much at all during that time.
Your heart pumps blood around your body with every beat, sending the necessary oxygen and nutrients to the right parts of your body to keep you alive. To pump your blood properly, your heart relies on a network of cells, often referred to as the heart's electrical system. An ECG can detect the signals produced by your heart each time it beats to monitor your heart health and detect any issues with your heart.
If you think you might need an ambulatory electrocardiogram, you can book an appointment with one of our consultant cardiologists online or call us on 0141 300 5009.
Our fixed-price packages include the cost of your test and all appropriate aftercare appointments. However, any pre-surgery diagnostic tests and your consultant’s outpatient appointment consultation fee are charged separately.
Our flexible payment options help you spread the cost of your payment across a time period that suits you. We offer fixed-term monthly payment plans over 10 months to five years with no deposit required. If you decide to pay over 10 months, you will pay interest-free. If you are paying for a longer period, you will pay 14.9% APR.
*This is a guide price for patients who are paying for their own treatment. The actual cost of your treatment will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.
An ECG test can detect and monitor the following heart conditions:
These happen when your heart beats irregularly, too slowly, or too quickly. These abnormalities can cause discomfort that ranges from mild to severe. An arrhythmia is often a symptom of a heart condition, such as cardiomyopathy, or a heart attack.
This happens when blood supply to your heart is blocked by a build-up of fatty substances that occur over time. Coronary heart disease can be managed through certain lifestyle changes, such as exercise and weight loss.
This happens when blood flow to your heart stops suddenly. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and fast treatment is needed to ensure as minimal damage as possible happens to your heart.
Not only can an ECG detect several heart conditions, it can also monitor your general heart health to understand whether a medication for a diagnosed condition is working, or how an already diagnosed condition is affecting your heart.
You will need to remove your upper clothing to have the test, and your chest might need to be shaved or cleaned for the electrodes to be properly attached to your skin. You will also be asked to remove any jewellery or objects that might interfere with the tests.
The test involves your consultant or healthcare professional attaching several small, sticky sensors (also known as electrodes) to your arms, legs, and chest. These are connected by wires to an ECG test recording machine, which shows your heart rhythm and electrical activity as an electronic graph, or sometimes printed on paper.
During an ambulatory ECG, the recording machine will store information about your heart electronically. It will be small and portable (no larger than a mobile phone), and you will be required to wear it at your waist to monitor your heart at home for up to 14 days.
During this time, you will be encouraged to continue with life as normal and perform your everyday activities such as work, shopping, and exercise, just as you would otherwise. The monitor can be removed to bathe or shower, and your consultant will show you how to take it off and how to put it back on afterwards. You may be asked to record the times when you experience any unusual symptoms in a diary for your consultant to compare with the recording results after. The monitor will record all your heartbeats within the time of the recording.
An ambulatory ECG is one of three main types of ECG tests. The type of ECG you have will depend on your symptoms and how they are triggered. The two other most common types of ECG are:
You will be lying down in a comfortable position and resting as your heart is monitored.
This is carried out while you're using an exercise bike or treadmill to monitor your heart when you are active
All types of ECGs can performed by a cardiac physiologist, a consultant cardiologist, or even your GP. At Circle Health Group, we offer ambulatory ECGs with our experienced consultant cardiologists, who are familiar with a plethora of heart health conditions and how to effectively manage and treat them.
Applying the electrodes and attaching the monitor to your waist should take less than 15 minutes. How long you need to wear the monitor will depend on your personal circumstances and symptoms, and your consultant will let you know ahead of time.
After analysing your results, your consultant will be able to determine if you have any heart rhythm problems, heart conditions, or symptom triggers. They will provide you with detailed information about your diagnosis, as well as treatment options and which would work best for you.
There is no recovery period following an ambulatory ECG test, because the test is non-invasive and has no major risks. You might have minor discomfort (similar to when removing a plaster or bandage) after removing the electrodes, but this should resolve naturally.
You will be able to return to your normal daily activities on the same day as having your monitor removed and your results analysed.
If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.