ECG - Electrocardiogram

ECG - Electrocardiogram

An electrocardiogram or ECG is one of the most common heart tests. It looks at and records the electrical activity of your heart and monitors your heart rate and rhythm.

The purpose of the test is to discover if there are any problems with the heart’s electrical impulses.

At Total Health West Berkshire we are pleased to be able to offer a private ECG service.

The ECG is carried out by one of our healthcare professionals and reported on within minutes. With a written report ready within half an hour.

A copy of this report will then be sent to you and your nominated GP.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The total cost of your ECG is £99.

You do not need to do anything before an ECG although you may wish to wear a top that is easy to take on and off. Occasionally people may need to have their chest shaved before the ECG.

No, it is a painless procedure.

Very rarely someone may have a slight skin reaction to the electrodes, but normally there are no after effects.

The results of your ECG are reported on within minutes and there is a written report within 30 minutes.

We will email a copy of the results to you and to your nominated GP.

The report will give recommendations of any further care and you can speak to your GP about this or you can book an appointment with our private GP here.

What happens in an ECG?

An ECG may take between 10-15 minutes to carry out and involves taking information from different areas of the heart. To do this electrodes are attached to each ankle and each wrist with sticky pads and then 6 more pads are attached to your chest. 

Once that has been done you like almost flat with your head and chest slightly raised.

A recording of your heart’s electrical activity is then made to see if there are any issues with your heart rate or rhythm.

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Who would benefit from an ECG?

An ECG is for anyone who is suffering from:

  • An irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath when you exert yourself
  • Significantly high blood pressure
  • Heart Palpitations
  • A suspected heart valve problem

Or if you are having symptoms of:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Problems with how quickly or regularly your heart beats – also known as an arrhythmia

You can also have an ECG if:

  • You have been diagnosed with a heart condition or another condition that affects how well your heart works.
  • Before or whilst taking certain medications

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