Types of ECG

There are three main types of ECG:

  • a resting ECGcarried outwhile you're lying down in a comfortable position
  • a stress or exercise ECGcarried outwhile you're using an exercise bike or treadmill
  • an ambulatory ECG the electrodes are connected to a small portable machine worn at your waist so your heart can be monitored at home for one or more days

The type of ECG recommended for you will depend on your symptoms and the heart problem suspected.

For example, an exercise ECG may be recommended if your symptoms are triggered by physical activity, whereas an ambulatory ECG may be more suitable if your symptoms are unpredictable and occur in random, short episodes.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018