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Electrocardiogram (ECG)

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Heart & Vascular Centre, Mater Private Network, 72 Eccles Street,
Dublin 7, D07 RD8P
1800 20 05 50 Outside ROI +353 (0)51 595 124 heartcentre@materprivate.ie

Please note a referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

Heart & Vascular Centre, 2nd Floor, Mater Private Network, Citygate, Mahon,
Cork, T12 K199
021 601 3258 corkcardiology@materprivate.ie

Please note a referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

Newenham House, Northern Cross, Malahide Rd,
Dublin 17, D17 AY61
1800 12 48 16 dayhospital@materprivate.ie

Please note a referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

Cherrywood Business Park, Building 11,
Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, D18 DH50
1800 12 48 16 dayhospital@materprivate.ie

Please note a referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

Useful Information

About this service

An electrocardiogram (ECG) 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 ten minutes to complete with the recording of the heart rhythm itself, only taking a few seconds.  

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

Once ready to start, 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.