Are there any risks associated with ambulatory BP and Holter ECG monitoring?

Consultant cardiologist Dr. Navin Chandra explains the possible risks associated with BP and Holter ECG monitoring.

There are no risks involved with ambulatory blood pressure or 24 hour ECG monitoring, as these are noninvasive tests. The only risk that could arise is if the quality of the information we gather from these devices is not accurate. To avoid this, you mustn’t tamper with the devices or disconnect and reconnect unless you’re confident with how to do it and have been shown by a physiologist.

Essentially, we want to make sure we get a maximized opportunity to get quality information from these tests. The only thing you need to be aware of is getting them wet as this, of course, stops the technology from working and therefore doesn’t give us any information. Therefore, avoid showering or swimming for the time that you’re wearing them.

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