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Electrocardiography (ECG)

Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) is the process of recording the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time using electrodes placed on a patient’s body.

Heart Problems Diagnosed by ECG

  • Enlargement of the heart
  • Congenital heart defects involving the conducting (electrical) system
  • Abnormal rhythm (arrhythmia) – rapid, slow or irregular heart beats
  • Damage to the heart such as when one of the heart’s arteries is blocked (coronary occlusion)
  • Poor blood supply to the heart
  • Abnormal position of the heart
  • Heart inflammation – pericarditis or myocarditis
  • Cardiac arrest during emergency room or intensive care monitoring
  • Disturbances of the heart’s conducting system
  • Imbalances in the blood chemicals (electrolytes) that control heart activity.

 

What you will need to be scheduled for an ECG test:

  • A referral letter from your GP
  • Medicare Card

What should I do after an ECG test ?

A cardiologist will assess your results and a report will be sent to your GP (usually within 72 Hours).