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Cardiovascular assessment: ECG, Holter monitor, ABPM

Cardiovascular assessment: ECG, Holter monitor, ABPM

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Tests and examinations to detect heart disease

Blood pressure and heart rate monitoring are part of a physician’s daily practice for detecting a heart diseaseproblem or adjusting a treatment.

To ensure that your condition is monitored in an optimal fashion, we use state-of-the-art technology to record your heartbeat and measure your blood pressure. Tests that include an interpretation of the results are available starting at $75.

  • Non-invasive exams that do not require injections
  • Lightweight equipment and high reliability recordings
  • Friendly staff who take the time to meet your needs

Did you know?

Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada. [1]

A resting electrocardiogram is a simple test that measures the bioelectric activity of the heart. Electrodes are placed on the chest, arms and legs to take readings for about 10 minutes. It can be performed following other sampling at the service centre, if indicated on your prescription. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is performed with a device that the patient wears for 24 hours. The test records blood pressure and determines if treatment is necessary. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to set up the device. This is a small, portable device that continuously records the heart rate for 24 or 48 hours during daily activities. The device takes 5 to 10 minutes to install.

A medical prescription is required for these tests. Electrocardiograms are interpreted by a non-affiliated cardiologist. Tests with an interpretation of the results start at $75 and are not covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

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Enjoy the flexibility of our services by getting your prescription cardiovascular exam at one of our many service centres.

Why have a cardiovascular exam?

Some people may have cardiovascular risk factors (e.g., high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, etc.). Your doctor may prescribe a test (ECG, Holter monitor or ABPM) if a heart problem is suspected. This test serves several purposes:


A test may be prescribed to screen for a heart condition, with or without symptoms


The test enables a diagnosis in a person who manifests symptoms: chest pain, palpitations, fainting, shortness of breath , etc


Following a cardiac event (e.g., heart attack , arrhythmia), the test can assess the condition of the heart and monitor the effects of the treatment.


The test can verify the functioning of a pacemaker after its implantation or evaluate the effectiveness of certain medications.

Available at more than 20 service centres

Get your ECG, ABPM or Holter monitor test quickly by making an appointment at a service centre in the following regions:

  • Montreal
  • Laval
  • South Shore of Montreal
  • North Shore of Montreal
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Sainte-Foy


How do I prepare for a resting ECG?

It is not necessary to fast before an ECG, but it is recommended not to smoke just before the test. Please bring an up-to-date list of the medications you are taking.

How does a Holter monitor test work?

A Holter monitor continuously records your heart rate for a minimum of 24 hours. The device and instructions for its use will be given to you at your appointment. Our devices are lightweight (CardioSTAT available) and allow you to go about your usual business.

Do I have to sleep with my monitor (Holter or ABPM)?

Yes. It is not recommended to remove the monitor during the recording period. During the night, make sure you are comfortable while keeping the device on.

“Heart Disease in Canada,” Public Health Agency of Canada, 2022, [accessed on March 31, 2023].