An ECG is a test which looks at the electrical activity of the heart. The heart produces small electrical impulses which spread through the heart muscle to make the heart contract. These impulses are measured by the ECG, which takes approximately 5-10 minutes to perform.
At IGP we have extensive experience of providing ECG's for a number of differing requirements:
ECG for concerns about heart health
ECG for pre-employment medicals
ECG for visa medicals
ECG for insurance medicals
Depending on your requirements we can provide ECG's carried out by Nurse, GP or Cardiologist from our clinics ensuring that the most appropriate level of reporting is provided.
Results: Next day before 5pm
Description: ECG with no reporting
Type of use: Medicals or by request from another clinician
Small electrodes are attached to the arms, legs and chest. Wires from these electrodes are then connected to the ECG machine, which detects and amplifies the electrical impulses that occur at each heartbeat and records them on a computer, which is printed out on paper.
The electrodes on different parts of the body detect electrical impulses coming from the different parts of the heart. There are a number of characteristic patterns in the ECG that are used to assess whether the heart's electrical activity is ?normal? or if there appears to be a problem. Heart disorders which can be detected from an ECG test include the following:
Reduced blood flow to the heart muscle
An excessively thick heart muscle or other parts of the heart that are too big
Signs of a new or previous injury to the heart
A heartbeat that is too fast, too slow, or irregular
Abnormal electrical conduction (pattern and duration) in the heart
An ECG is a very helpful test for assessing the heart's function and identifying possible underlying problems. However, the results of an ECG examination are often unspecific, meaning that abnormal findings do not point to a specific problem or disease. Furthermore, a normal ECG does not rule out heart disease completely. For these reasons, additional tests are often necessary to provide a more complete evaluation of heart function. For further investigation IGP run dedicated Cardiology clinics with experienced Cardiologists.
We want to ensure that all of our patients receive the information they need to make an informed decision about their healthcare. If you have any questions or if you require assistance with anything, please let us know.