Electrocardiogram (ECG)

At Spire Manchester Hospital you will be seen by experienced healthcare professionals, committed to providing high levels of care to all our patients. We are proud of our commitment to patient care and in our 2014 patient satisfaction survey 100% of patients felt our staff really went out of their way to make a difference.

Spire Manchester Hospital offers a wide range of tests and investigations including ECGs. If you would like a private ECG, please speak to your GP or consultant to ask for a referral for Spire Manchester Hospital.

An electrocardiogram or ECG measures the electrical activity of your heart. Analysis of the results can indicate any damage to the heart muscle. The test may also detect changes in heart rhythm as well as abnormalities in the signals themselves. An ECG can be used to assess if you have had a heart attack or evidence of a previous heart attack.

What's involved in having an ECG?

Electrodes are placed on your wrists, ankles and chest as you relax. The electrodes are connected to a machine recording all the electrical signals from your heart. An ECG is a completely painless test and takes less than a minute to perform once the leads are in position. After the test, the electrodes are removed.

Your doctor will review the readings of the ECG machine which appear as a series of waves.

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