Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT)

What is a MCT Monitor?

A Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) monitor records every single heart beat while worn. Your ECG is continuously monitored over the prescribed period of time to detect any abnormalities in your heart beat.

Why would you need a MCT Monitor?

  • to identify abnormal beats and heart rhythms
  • to evaluate the origin of your symptoms
  • to monitor pacemaker or defibrillator activity
  • to evaluate if your medications are the right ones for your condition

Before the test

You do not have to do anything special before you wear the MCT monitor. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing to your appointment. For ladies it may be more comfortable if you wear a shirt/top and skirt/pants rather than a dress. Do not wear lotion on your chest area.

How the test is done?

It will take about 20 minutes to attach the monitor. A bare chest is needed to attach the monitor. Ladies will be given a gown. Small sticky pads called electrodes will be placed on your chest to detect your heart rhythm. The electrodes need to have good contact with your skin to pick up the electrical impulses from your heart. Men with hairy chests will have spots shaved where the electrodes would be placed. The technician will give your skin a little scrub with rough paper and then a wipe with alcohol. This removes the dead skin cells which form a barrier.. This is normal and will take a couple of days to go away. Some patients with extra sensitive skin may develop small blisters from the gel used on the electrodes. This is rare and will heal quickly. If you know you have sensitive skin, please inform the technician and they will provide you with sensitive skin electrodes.
While you are wearing the monitor you are asked to document your symptoms. This is done by pressing the record button on the front of the monitor and noting the time in a diary which will be provided to you.

What are the risks?

There are no known risks associated with MCT monitors.

How do I get my results?

A report will be sent to your referring doctor for review. Your doctor will discuss your results at your next appointment.

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