Does ambulatory BP and Holter ECG monitoring hurt?

Consultant cardiologist Dr. Navin Chandra reveals whether BP recorders and Holter ECG monitoring hurt.

Both ambulatory ECG recording and 24 hour ECGs are painless, as they are noninvasive tests.

They essentially involve monitoring the blood pressure with a cuff on your arm and monitoring your heart rate and rhythm through ECG stickers on your chest. You can get back to normal activities straight away and do everything normally when you wear any of these tests…

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The only thing I would avoid, of course, would be getting them wet. Therefore, avoid going to the gym and swimming. Also, you shouldn’t shower with them on. That’s the only precaution that needs to be taken.

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