What is an Electrocardiogram (ECG)?

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that examines the electrical conduction of the heart by looking at the heart rhythm.

How is an ECG done?

The patient lies down on the bed and ten small electrodes are placed in certain areas on the chest, arms and legs. Wires are then attached to these electrodes and an ECG is performed as the patient lies still. The ECG is quick and painless and generally only takes a couple of minutes.

How do I prepare for the test?

There is no preparation for an ECG.

When will I receive my results?

The Technician who performs the procedure will arrange for a Cardiologist to review the result. A report will be forwarded to your referring Doctor.

What do I need to bring to my ECG appointment?

Your referral from your GP or referring specialist (if it is not already held by us).