No. It’s true that the NHS is well-regarded when it comes to affordability and access for all. One US think tank, the Commonwealth Fund, which publishes a survey comparing 11 rich-country health systems every three years, rates the NHS top on those criteria – as well as strong on safety and reasonably efficient. The trouble…
If you have experienced symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, fainting, chest pain or shortness of breath and a routine resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) examination has not identified a problem, your doctor may ask you to complete an ECG Holter monitor test.
This test monitors your heart rhythm over 24, 48 or 72 hours, or five or seven days. The monitor is about the size of a mobile phone and you will need to wear it around your waist or carry it in your pocket. You do not need to stay in clinic and you can continue with your normal daily activities during the test.
When you return the monitor to the clinic, a cardiac physiologist will analyse the data and produce a report for your doctor.
The test will provide your doctor with much more information about your heart rhythm on which to base any medical decisions about your health.