Ambulatory electrocardiography: indications and devices

Journal article


Sampson, M (2019). Ambulatory electrocardiography: indications and devices. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 14 (3), pp. 114-121.
AuthorsSampson, M
Abstract

Cardiac electrical abnormalities are common, and result in considerable morbidity and mortality. Although diagnosis can sometimes be made from the resting 12-lead ECG, a longer period of monitoring is often required to capture diagnostic information. Ambulatory ECG (AECG) devices allow cardiac rhythm to be monitored and recorded over days, weeks or years, and are used primarily in the outpatient setting. Multiple devices are available, with a variety of features. Recording may take place continuously or occur intermittently in response to patient activation or auto-sensing of rhythm disturbances. Devices may be fitted externally or implanted below the skin. Data may also be acquired from an existing pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Commonly used methods of AECG monitoring are described and appraised in this article and newer developments in monitoring are evaluated, including the role of patient-led, smartphone-based devices.

KeywordsAmbulatory ECG; Holter monitor; Event recorder; Loop recorder; Patient-led monitoring
Year2019
JournalBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Journal citation14 (3), pp. 114-121
PublisherMark Allen Healthcare
ISSN1749-6403
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.12968/bjca.2019.14.3.114
Publication dates
Print02 Mar 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Mar 2019
Accepted07 Jan 2019
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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