An Electrocardiogram (ECG) test is a non-invasive and painless test used to record the heart’s electrical activity.
Your doctor may recommend an ECG test to monitor any of the following:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- To detect heart rhythm disorders
- To detect other heart problems
- To monitor heart activity if you have known heart disease
- To monitor recovery from a heart attack
- Assessing the progression of known heart disease
- To evaluate the effectiveness of certain medications or a pacemaker
- During a pre-operative check-up to rule out heart disease.
Our cardiologists are experts in performing the most state-of-the-art procedures and use the latest technology to ensure that you get the most accurate diagnosis possible.
What happens during an electrocardiogram?
On the day of your appointment, the technician will explain the procedure.
Generally, an ECG is performed in the supine position, with electrodes (usually between 12 and 15) positioned on the chest, arms and legs. Electrodes are attached to the skin with small suction cups or patches and connected to a machine that records the heart’s electrical activity. The technician may shave your chest to ensure that the electrodes remain in place. Tracing is done automatically on a paper roll.
Results will be reviewed by a cardiologist and promptly forwarded to your referring physician.