Heart of Gloucestershire | Electrocardiogram (ECG)
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Electrocardiogram (ECG)

The information outlined below on common conditions and treatments is provided as a guide only and it is not intended to be comprehensive.


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We now offer our patients a walk-in ECG service using our own machine – please get in touch for more information.


The ECG is a very simple and quick test which looks at the electrical activity of the heart over time. It has been used in cardiology for many years and is a fundamental part of assessing the rhythm of the heart. The ECG provides a very short snapshot, about 10 seconds of the hearts rhythm and typically records 12 “leads” of activity from different areas of the body.


What happens during an ECG
If an ECG is requested you will be given a gown and asked to undress to the waist. Sticker or electrodes will then be attached across the chest and limbs. Wires or leads will be attached to the electrodes and a machine will then record the ECG. You will not feel anything during the ECG.


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