An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that can be used to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. Electrodes are attached to the skin to detect the electrical signals produced by your heart each time it beats. The ECG machine records these signals and is then reviewed by a doctor to see if they’re unusual.
The test may be requested by a heart specialist (cardiologist) or any doctor who thinks you might have a problem with your heart, including your GP.
The ECG is normally done to investigate symptoms of a possible heart problem, such as chest pain, suddenly noticeable heartbeats (palpitations), dizziness and shortness of breath.
How an ECG is carried out…
Normally the test involves attaching a number of electrodes to your arms, legs and chest. These are connected by wires to an ECG recording machine. The test itself will normally only last a few minutes, and you can usually go home soon afterwards. A qualified practitioner will conduct the test and discuss the test process and afterwards, the results. Please contact us for more details.