Patient activated monitoring

What is a patient activated monitor?

The patient activated monitor is a very small device that is attached to your chest with two electrodes. You will wear the monitor for five days.

Why do I need to have this test?

Your doctor has requested that you have this simple non-invasive test in order to monitor your heartbeat over a five day period.

Preparing for the test

What should I wear when I attend for my test?

It would be most helpful if you could wear clothing that makes it easy to access your chest. A t-shirt, shirt or blouse would be preferable.

What happens during the test?

You will receive instructions on how to use the monitor so that you will be able to record any symptoms as you experience them. You will be able to remove the monitor briefly every day in order to have a bath or shower.

Will I experience any discomfort or side effects?

Occasionally, the area of the chest where the electrodes are attached can become uncomfortable. This should completely resolve after the test.

After the test

What happens after the test?

You will need to return the equipment to the Welcome Desk at the Main Entrance as instructed at your appointment. The results will be downloaded onto a computer and analysed by a Cardiac Physiologist.

When/how will I receive the results of the test?

The results will be passed onto the doctor who requested the test. You are usually told the results at your next clinic appointment or a letter may be sent to your GP.

What will happen if I do not want to have this test?

If you do not have this test we will not be able to pass important diagnostic information to the doctors. This may affect the medical treatment that you receive.

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