An ECG (electrocardiogram) is one of the most common heart tests which monitors your heart rate, rhythm and electrical activity. The test discovers any issues with the heart’s electrical impulses. 

What is an ECG for?

An ECG is a basic investigation to help diagnose if there are any potential problems with your heart function. The test is for anyone who experiences:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath as you exert yourself 
  • Significantly high blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • A suspected heart valve problem 

What happens after the ECG scan?

There should be no side effects to your ECG scan. Rarely, there is a mild skin reaction to the electrodes. Once your test is complete you will be able to continue your day as planned. Your images and report is reviewed and sent on to your healthcare specialist to give a diagnosis and organise any further treatment, if necessary.

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