PATIENT INFORMATION SHEET
What is an ECG?
An electrocardiogram (ECG) records the electrical activity of the heart. It records your heart beat and heart rhythm as well as giving information on how your heart is working. The ECG test is painless and harmless. (The ECG machine records electrical impulses coming from your body – it does not put any electricity into your body.
Before the test we advise:
To improve the quality and pick up of the reading on the day we advise before arriving:
- The chest area to be clean and dry.
- To avoid any creams or oils on the chest area.
- We advise males to shave excess hair from the chest area.
How is it done?
- The ECG test is done at Brentford Family practice surgery by a nurse or health care assistant in one of our clinical rooms.
- On the day of the test you will be asked to remove your clothes above the waist, and once you are ready then to lie up on the couch.
- Small sticky pads with metal electrodes are stuck on to your arms, legs and chest. Wires from the electrodes are connected to the electrocardiogram (ECG) machine.
- When you are set up, you will be asked to rest your arms at your side, breath normally, remain quiet and relax.
- A few heartbeats are recorded from different sets of electrodes. The test takes about five minutes to do and is painless.
Booking an appointment for your ECG test:
- Brentford Family Practice will contact you via phone, text or letter within the 2 days from the date your GP refers you.
- If you fail to receive a call or text from Brentford Family Practice you are advised to call 02086303822 to book an ECG appointment.