An ECG is a simple test performed to obtain information on the heart’s conduction system. It tells us how fast your heart is beating, whether the rhythm is regular or irregular, and it can show various changes that may need further investigation.
The ECG may take up to ten minutes. Ten small electrodes will be applied to your skin at sites on the chest, arms and legs and these will be connected to wires. You will need to remain still and relaxed while the test is being performed but you can breathe and speak normally. There is generally no pain or discomfort associated with this procedure.
After the ECG tracing is obtained, the electrodes will be removed from your skin. The ECG will be printed out and transferred digitally to the Cardiology reporting system for review and reporting by a Consultant Cardiologist. This report will normally be sent to your referring doctor within 3-5 working days.
- Moisturisers on the skin will prevent the electrodes from adhering properly and may result in a delay in obtaining a high quality ECG tracing. If possible, avoid applying moisturiser before having an ECG
- Tights must be removed before electrodes are placed on the legs so avoid wearing them.
- We may ask you about any medication you currently take
- If possible, wear clothing that is loose and comfortable
For further information, please contact our outpatients department
- Outpatient Department
Opening Hours: Mon- Fri 08.00 to 16.30
Tel: (01) 260 9301
Fax: (01) 260 9533