23 May 2021 / 4:26 pm

What is it ?

An ECG is an electrical recording of the heart’s activity. It is used to examine the heart rhythm and help identify underlying heart muscle abnormalities.


How is it performed ?

Electrodes are attached to the chest and connected to an ECG machine that makes the recording. This is then printed out for analysis and a copy stored digitally.

How long does it take ?

Just a few minutes.

Are there any risks ?

None, although some chest hair may need removing.

What happens next ?

Once you have your ECG recorded, it will be analysed and a report sent out, usually within seven days.

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