Normally, your heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. Certain cells in your heart make electric signals that cause the heart to contract and pump blood. Our monitors capture these electrical signals through the electrodes that are attached to your chest and connected to our device. The resulting captured electrical signals show up on an electrocardiogram, ECG or EKG, recording. It is a painless, non-invasive procedure that records the heart’s electrical activity and can help diagnose arrhythmias.
Regular electrocardiograms (ECGs or EKGs) let your doctor look at your heart’s activity at one point in time during your test.
But abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac symptoms may come and go. That’s why your doctor may want to evaluate your heartbeat over time while you go about your normal activities. You may be asked to wear a monitor if you have fast, slow or irregular heartbeats.