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Electrocardiogram

An electrocardiogram, or ECG, is a simple and useful test which records the rhythm and electrical activity of your heart.

What to Expect

Your test will be performed by a Cardiac Clinical Physiologist or assistant. You will be required to undress from the waist upwards, gowns are available upon request.

  • Small, sticky patches named electrodes will be put onto your arms, legs and chest
  • The electrodes are connected to an ECG recording machine, which picks up the electrical signals that make your heart beat
  • The machine records a few beats from each set of the electrodes onto paper
  • The test will only take about ten minutes, is completely painless and requires no special preparation
  • Please ensure you have a copy of your current medication to hand

The Results

All test results are sent to the person who referred you, for example your GP, with details of what the test results show and any treatment required.