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An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that allows you to monitor your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity.
It is used alongside other tests to help diagnose and monitor conditions affecting the heart, such as arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, heart attacks and cardiomyopathy.
An ECG can be required for various medicals or if you are experiencing chest pain, palpitations (suddenly noticeable heartbeats), dizziness and shortness of breath.
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. Summerfield Healthcare now also offer an ‘ECG at home’ service, where you can receive a mail-order ECG, to monitor your heart in the comfort of your own home.
If you would like a scan of your heart and would like to be seen quickly, you can book an ECG below.
*Please note, Summerfield Healthcare is a non-emergency service. If you are experiencing chest pains, any numbness or tingling, please visit A&E urgently.
An ECG is a requirement for many work, travel or sports medicals. Summerfield Healthcare carries out this test with a specially trained healthcare professional at our clinic.
It can also be used to investigate symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting and palpitations which could be caused by a heart attack, inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart (pericarditis) or angina.
Other heart problems that may be detected:
Where there is an abnormal heart rhythm and electrical activity (beats too slowly, too quickly or irregularly)
Where the heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances
Where the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked
Where the heart walls become thickened or enlarged
You may also need an ECG to confirm that prescribed medicines aren’t causing side effects that affect the heart.
This test can also check the health of the heart when other diseases or conditions are present. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes and a family history of early heart disease.
You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for the test and you can eat and drink as normal beforehand.
Before the electrodes are attached, you’ll usually need to remove your upper clothing, and your chest may need to be shaved or cleaned before the ECG recording.
The test takes between 10 and 15 minutes to perform, depending on what is being tested for.
Ten leads are placed on your body, six on your chest and one on each of your limbs in order for the doctor to get a 360 view of your heart function.
There is no sensation for you, it is like having ten small stethoscopes placed on to you however instead of sound being registered it is the electricity that your pulse generates which is recorded.
The graph which is generated by your pulse is then analysed by an expert to confirm that everything is as it should be.
Our private medical centres are conveniently located and meet the needs of families in a wide surrounding area.
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Birmingham B43 6AA
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Hotspur Park, Battlefield,
Shrewsbury SY1 3AB
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