An ECG is a 3d picture of your heart and indicates how your heart is beating. This can be particular useful for a number of symptoms or simply if you want the electrical activity of your heart checked. At MedAssistant our clinicians are trained to spot dangerous activity of your heart immediately, however, for a more in-depth analysis and management, we work with expert Consultant Cardiologists.
An ECG is often used alongside other tests to help diagnose and monitor conditions affecting the heart.
An ECG can help detect:
A series of ECGs can also be taken over time to monitor a person already diagnosed with a heart condition or taking medication known to potentially affect the heart.
There are several different ways an ECG can be carried out. Generally, the test involves attaching a number of small, sticky sensors called electrodes to your arms, legs and chest. These are connected by wires to an ECG recording machine.
You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for the test. You can eat and drink as normal beforehand. Before the electrodes are attached, you’ll usually need to remove your upper clothing. The test itself usually only lasts a few minutes, and you should be able to go home soon afterwards or return to the ward if you’re already staying in hospital.