Why do I require an Electrocardiogram?
Electrocardiogram (ECG) is one of the commonest bedside tests performed in hospital and is used to assess your hearts rhythm and electrical activity. It is used as part of our routine pre-arterial surgery assessment to screen for any previously unknown heart conditions that may impact on your suitability for major arterial surgery. It can also be used to investigate symptoms of a possible heart problem, such as chest pain, suddenly noticeable heartbeats (palpitations), dizziness and shortness of breath in the post-operative period
How is the test performed?
Electrocardiogram is a simple, non-painful test performed by a qualified medical practitioner or other trained staff. It involves the client lying on a bed and having sensors attached to the skin of the chest wall, wrists and ankles. These sensors are used to detect the electrical signals produced by your heart each time it beats and are recorded by a machine. A paper tracing is then produced of your ECG which is assessed by your doctor.
When Will I get the results?
The results from an electrocardiogram organised by your surgeon will be communicated to you as soon as the results become available. Occasionally, a second opinion is sought from a cardiologist which may delay the results.