Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An Electrocardiogram is a non-invasive test that records the electrical activity of the heart.

It is used to assess your heart rhythm as well as diagnose poor blood flow to the heart muscle (ischaemia), a heart attack or abnormalities of the heart.

The Procedure

An ECG takes about 10 minutes to complete with the recording of the heart rhythm itself, only taking a few seconds.

During a resting ECG, a Technician will attach 10 electrodes with adhesive pads to the skin of your chest, arms and legs.

Once ready you will lie flat on a treatment couch, while the computer creates a picture of the electrical impulses traveling through your heart.

Following the Procedure

  • The results of your ECG will be reviewed and explained to you by your Consultant Cardiologist.
  • If your results are normal, you may not need any further tests.
  • If the results highlight any issues with your heart, you may need a repeat ECG or other diagnostic tests, such as an Echocardiogram. Treatment depends on what is causing the signs and symptoms of your irregular heartbeat.