Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An electrocardiogram or ECG is a recording of the electrical signals of your heart.

What is it?

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is commonly used to detect heart problems and monitor the heart in different situations. An ECG is a routine and painless cardiac investigation procedure that provides your doctor with information about your heart’s electrical rhythm, how well it conducts electricity, and even the heart muscle mass. It is an important diagnostic tool when investigating a range of potential problems that could be affecting your heart’s function, however a standard ECG can record an abnormal heart rhythm only if it happens during the test.

Electrocardiogram

What should I expect?

  • An ECG is a quick, painless and non-invasive test, often performed by a technician in a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital.
  • You may be asked to change into a hospital gown and lie on an examining bed.
  • Small metal disks called electrodes will be attached to your chest and your limbs.
  • The electrodes have wires which are attached to an electrocardiograph machine that will record and then print out cardiac electrical activity.
  • The test is usually completed in a few minutes.

Preparation

  1. You do not need to do anything to prepare for your test, however you may wish to wear a two-piece outfit on the day to enable you to easily undress to the waist

  2. Where possible, avoid applying lotions, perfumes or powders to the chest area and remove any neck jewellery to assist with adhering the electrodes

  3. Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking as some may affect the results of your test

What happens next?

You may resume normal activities immediately following your ECG. The results will usually be discussed with you following the test and a comprehensive report sent to your referring doctor. If your electrocardiogram is normal, you may not need any other tests. If the results show an abnormality, you may need further diagnostic tests. Your doctor will be able to advise the best cause of action depending on your symptoms.

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Wesley Hospital Auchenflower (Cardiology Testing)

Level 2, Wesley Hospital 451 Coronation Drive, Auchenflower QLD 4066

(07) 3858 8650

St Leonards (Cardiology)

North Shore Health Hub, Tower A, Level 1, 7 Westbourne Street, St Leonards NSW 2065, Australia

(02) 9057 5900

Buderim Private Hospital (Cardiology)

Suite 16, Buderim Private Hospital, 12 Elsa Wilson Drive, Buderim QLD 4556

(07) 5478 4829

Hervey Bay Hospital (Cardiology)

Corner of Nissen Street & Urraween Road, Urraween QLD 4655

(07) 4303 4351

Rockingham (Hearts West Clinic)

Elanora Dr, Rockingham General Hospital, Cooloongup WA 6168

Murdoch (Hearts West Clinic)

Suite 59, SJOG Medical Centre Barry Marshall ParadeMurdoch WA 6150

Armadale (Hearts West Clinic)

3056 Albany Hwy, Suite 10, Armadale Hospital Specialist Centre, Armadale WA 6112

(08) 9391 1234

Base Hospital Bundaberg (Cardiology)

Cardiac Investigations Unit, Bundaberg Base Hospital, Bourbong Street, Bundaberg West, QLD, 4670

(07) 4199 7300

Friendly Society Private Hospital Bundaberg (Cardiology)

Floor 1, 19-23 Bingera Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

(07) 4199 7300

Sunshine Coast (Cardiology)

Suites 14 & 15, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, 3 Doherty Street, Birtinya QLD 4575

(07) 5390 3700

Mount Ommaney (Cardiology)

Mount Ommaney Medical Centre Shop 6/171 Dandenong Road Mt Ommaney QLD 4074

(07) 3725 3900

Mater Brisbane (Cardiology)

Mater Private Clinic Suite 5.02 & 5.11, Level 5 550 Stanley Street South Brisbane QLD 4101

(07) 3360 7100

Greenslopes (Cardiology)

Ramsay Specialist Centre Suite 212, Level 2 Newdegate Street, Greenslopes, QLD, 4120

(07) 3255 7200

Clayfield (Cardiology)

Oriel Place, Suite 3, Level 1 531 Sandgate Road Clayfield QLD 4011

(07) 3648 2500

Langwarrin (Cardiology)

Langwarrin Suite 2, 35 Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Langwarrin VIC 3910

(03) 8769 5800

Berwick (Cardiology)

Unit 2, 11 Gloucester Avenue, Berwick VIC 3806

(03) 8794 2200

Parkville (Cardiology)

Melbourne Private Hospital, Private Medical Centre, Level 4, Suite 22, Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

(03) 9813 7950

Heidelberg (Cardiology)

Warringal Private Hospital, Suite 1, 216 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg VIC 3084

(03) 9455 4800

Doncaster East (Cardiology)

Suite 1, 1008 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East VIC 3109

(03) 8809 6200

Bundoora (Cardiology)

Health and Wellness Centre Level 1, Suites 8-10, 20 Scholar Drive, Bundoora VIC 3083

(03) 8467 5900

Balwyn (Cardiology)

Balwyn Consulting Suites, 481 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn VIC 3103

(03) 9813 7900

Lilydale (Cardiology)

Lilydale Private Consulting Suites, 475 Swansea Rd, Lilydale VIC 3140

(03) 9735 4288

Ringwood (Cardiology)

Level 2, Suite 22 & 23, 50 New Street, Ringwood VIC 3134

(03) 9210 8300

Mulgrave (Cardiology)

Mulgrave Private Hospital, Churchill Consulting Suites, Blanton Drive, Mulgrave VIC 3170

(03) 8793 3800

Wallaroo (Cardiology)

Ernest Terrace, Wallaroo, SA 5556

(08) 8823 0200

Clare (Cardiology)

Old North Road, Clare, SA 5453

(08) 8841 3777

Broken Hill (Cardiology)

Broken Hill Hospital, Thomas Street, Broken Hill, SA 2880

(08) 8202 6600

Nuriootpa (Cardiology)

Nuriootpa Medical Centre 6 Memorial Avenue

(08) 8202 6600

Mount Barker (Cardiology)

Unit 3, 22 Mann Street, Mount Barker, SA 5251

(08) 8202 6600

Murray Bridge (Cardiology)

6 Verdun Street, Murray Bridge, SA, 5253

(08) 8202 6600

Gawler (Cardiology)

1 Murray Street, Gawler , SA 5112

(08) 8202 6600

Unley Road (Cardiology)

Unley Road Clinic, 313 Unley Road, Malvern, SA, 5061

(08) 8202 6600

Modbury (Cardiology)

979 North East Road, Modbury, SA, 5092

(08) 8202 6600

Leabrook (Cardiology)

284 Kensington Road, Leabrook, SA 5068

(08) 8202 6600

St Andrew's Medical Centre (Cardiology & Sleep Medicine)

St Andrew's Medical Centre Clinic, Level 2. 321 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

(08) 8202 6644

Mandurah (Cardiology)

Unit 3/35 Minilya Pkwy, Greenfields WA 6210, Australia

(08) 9584 6500

Busselton (Cardiology)

19 Albert Street, Busselton WA, Australia

(08) 9751 6000

Bunbury (Cardiology)

Suite 21, St John of God Hospital, Southwest Health Campus, Corner of Roberston Drive & Bussell Highway, WA, 6230

(08) 9720 3400

Albany (Cardiology)

136-138 Lockyer Avenue, Albany, WA 6330

(08) 9480 3000

Yokine (Cardiology)

Royal Street Specialist Centre, Cnr Royal Street & Wanneroo Road, Yokine, WA 6060

0894803000

Nedlands (Cardiology)

Suite 20/21 Hollywood Medical Centre, 85 Monash Avenue, Nedlands WA

(08) 6389 9100

Murdoch (Cardiology)

St John of God Wexford Medical Centre, Level 4, Suite 68-72, 3 Barry Marshall Parade, Murdoch, WA 6150

(08) 6332 2300

Midland (Cardiology)

Midland Medical Specialist Care, 23 The Crescent, Midland, WA 6056

(08) 9480 3000

Joondalup – Shenton House (Cardiology)

Level 3, Shenton House, 57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA 6027

(08) 9400 6161

Cockburn (Cardiology)

Cockburn Health & Community Centre, Level 1, Suite 11, 11 Wentworth Parade, Success WA 6164

(08) 6332 2300

Perth Mount (Cardiology)

Suite 3, 140 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA 6000

(08) 9480 3000

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