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Long-term ECG

What is a long-term ECG?

With a long-term ECG, the electrical activity of the heart is monitored over a longer period of time measured under everyday conditions. This enables the doctor to diagnose recurring illnesses. Electrocardiograms are usually recorded over a period of 24 hours (24-hour ECG).

What is the process of a long-term ECG?

If a doctor wants to create a continuous ECG, he or another medical professional sticks the electrodes to the patient's chest and connects them to an ECG recorder. It is small and compact and can be easily clipped to a belt or worn around the neck. The data is saved on the memory card. With a long-term ECG, patients can go about their daily activities as usual.

How is a long-term ECG evaluated?

Long-term electrocardiograms are usually done with a computer evaluated. In this way, changes in cardiac activity (especially irregular heartbeat) can be detected in a very short time. Doctors review the electronic long-term ECG report. It records the lowest, highest and average heart rate, the basic rhythm of the heart and, if necessary, ECG changes that indicate an illness. The doctor compares these values ​​with the symptoms described by the patient and assesses whether the heart's reaction is appropriate or pathological.