Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a medical test that detects cardiac abnormalities or damage by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts.

The stressed and lifestyle choices of our modern world make this ten-minute test for heart disease essential for everyone. One third of the population will at some stage be affected by a cardiovascular condition, with early testing and prevention strategies providing a significant potential for life extension.

The test screens for both asymptomatic and major health conditions, including congenital heart disease, past heart damage and abnormal heart rhythm. It also provides a comparison point for future ECGs, to detect the earliest signs of heart damage.

Procedure

The ECG test takes approximately 10 minutes to perform.

The patient lays on an examination bench and has sensors, called electrodes, placed on the chest. the ECG records the electrical activity of the heart muscle and displays this data as a trace on a screen. The test is safe and causes no discomfort.

Results are available immediately and Dr Hayter will discuss these with you at your next consultation.

Who should have this test?

  • Even the healthiest of us should undertake this test annually
  • Patients with heart arrhythmias
  • Patients with heart risk factors (annual testing advised)

Preparation

  • Wear a shirt or blouse that can be removed easily
  • As electrodes are placed on the chest, the test is performed without a shirt. Women can wear a bra
  • Chest hair may need to be trimmed at the time of the test

Cost $45 (Medicare rebate may apply)

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