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Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Electrocardiogram (ECG) services in Cardiff & Newport

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.

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Why would I have an ECG?

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.

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    Nurse led ECG (Electrogardiogram)

    Results: Next day before 5pm

    Description: ECG with no reporting

    Type of use: Medicals or by request from another clinician

    Cost: £75

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    Nurse Led ECG with Cardiologist Review

    What: An IGP Practice Nurse will carry out an ECG (a snapshot of your hearts electrical activity) and send this to a Cardiologist to review and report.

    Who is it for: Most suitable for patients who have experienced symptoms like heart palpitations, dizziness, or chest pain. The subsequent cardiologist review ensures a comprehensive analysis of your results.

    Information: Suitable for those >18 years of age.

    Time: 30 Minutes

    Cost: £175

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    Important Notice

    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.

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    How is an ECG test carried out?

    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.

    What can an ECG result show?

    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

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    Echocardiogram Services

    A cardiologist will recommend an echocardiogram if they suspect there's a structural problem with your heart or the surrounding blood vessels. This specialised version of an ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to search for irregularities.

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