Like an event recorder, mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry (MCOT) is for patients with less frequent arrhythmias and symptoms. MCOT is different in one very important way. While the patient is wearing the monitor, it transmits all of the heart beats over a cellular phone network so every moment of rhythm is able to be analyzed. Patients usually wear an MCOT for up to 30 days.
If arrhythmias are seen, then the provider receives the information even if the patient is unaware of the symptoms. This is a very important tool for detecting abnormal heart rhythms, with or without symptoms. It also helps find arrhythmias which happen during sleep.
For monitoring, electrodes are placed on the chest and connected by wires to the monitor. The monitor is carried by a strap over the shoulder or attached to a belt.