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12-Lead ECG - Reported

What is a 12 Lead ECG?

A 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) is a medical test that is recorded using leads attached to the body. Electrocardiograms capture the electrical activity of the heart. The results can then be analysed by medical professionals such as cardiologists, cardiac nurses and technicians.

Before the test

  • You do not need to do anything before your electrocardiogram
  • Continue taking all medications
  • Fasting is not required
  • Do NOTapply any moisturisers,creams or powders.

You may be asked to remove all jewellery from your neck, arms, and wrists. Men are usually bare-chested during the test. Women may wear a bra or singlet.

How the test is done?

Small sticky pads called electrodes are attached to the chest and limbs to record the ECG. The electrodes need to have good contact with the skin to record the electrical impulses from the heart. Men with hairy chests will be shaved in spots where the electrodes will be placed. The technician/nurse may then give the skin a light scrub with rough paper and a wipe with alcohol. This removes the dead skin cells which can form a barrier. The electrical activity of the heart is then recorded and analysed by a cardiologist.

What are the risks?

There are no known risks associated with electrocardiograms.

How do I get my results?

A report will be sent to your referring doctor, usually within 24 hours. Your doctor will discuss your results at your next appointment. If you require your report sooner please inform either the reception staff or the technician.

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