Electrocardiogram

(ECG Test)

Summary

Your consultant has suggested you have an ECG or electrocardiogram, a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. Your heart is a muscular organ that beats in rhythm to pump the blood through the body.

The signals that make your heart’s muscle fibres contract come from the sinoatrial node, which is the natural pacemaker of the heart.

In an ECG test, the electrical impulses made while your heart is beating are recorded and usually shown on a piece of paper. This is known as an electrocardiogram, and records any problems with your heart’s rhythm, and the conduction of the heart beat through the heart which may be affected by underlying heart disease.

The information obtained from an ECG can be used to discover different types of heart disease but it may also be useful for seeing how well the patient is responding to treatment.

 

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Electrocardiogram (ECG) 

    Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post-discharge care Guide Price
    Hospital fees n/a n/a £90 Included £90
    Guide Price Nil Nil £90 Nil £90
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital.

    You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

The procedure commonly takes around 30-40 minutes to complete and is usually taken while the patient is resting. If there is concern that your symptoms may be caused by coronary artery disease, the test can be done while you are on an exercise treadmill.

Your consultant or a specialist nurse will attach up to 12 self-adhesive electrodes to select locations of your skin on the arms, legs and chest. Areas such as the chest where the electrodes will be placed may need to be shaved. First, the skin is cleaned. The test is completely painless and takes less than a minute to perform once the leads are in position. After the test, the electrodes are removed.

AN ECG may also be used to assess the success of drug treatment or coronary revascularisation, such as coronary intervention or bypass surgery. It may be necessary to supplement an ECG with additional tests but you consultant will discuss this with you

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.

 

 

Our Consultants

  • Dr Scott Takeda

    Dr Scott Takeda

    MBBS CCST Cardiology and G(I)M FRCP

    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
    • Echocardiogram
    • Electrocardiogram
    • External Cardioversion
    • Healthy Heart Check
    • Heart2Heart Cardiac Care Package
    • Pacemaker
  • Dr Fountzopoulos

    Dr Evangelos Fountzopoulos

    MRCP MD

    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
    • Angiogram
    • Coronary Angioplasty and Stent Insertion
    • Electrocardiogram
    • External Cardioversion
  • Dr Richard Cooke

    BA(Law) MD FRCP

    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
    • Angiogram
    • Coronary Angioplasty and Stent Insertion
    • Echocardiogram
    • Electrocardiogram
    • External Cardioversion
    • Healthy Heart Check
  • Dr Edward Petzer

    MBCHB FRCP CSST

    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
    • Electrocardiogram
    • External Cardioversion
    • Faints, Falls and Fits (One-stop clinic)
    • Pacemaker
  • Dr Winston Martin

    BSc (Hons) MB BS FRCP (UK)

    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
    • Angiogram
    • Coronary Angioplasty and Stent Insertion
    • Electrocardiogram
    • External Cardioversion
    • Heart2Heart Cardiac Care Package
  • Dr Laurence Nunn

    MA (Cantab) MBBS MRCP PGCHE

    • Ablation
    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
    • Electrocardiogram
    • Electrophysiology Study
    • External Cardioversion
    • Healthy Heart Check
  • Dr Konrad Grosser

    MRCP PhD

    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
    • Angiogram
    • Coronary Angioplasty and Stent Insertion
    • Electrocardiogram
    • Healthy Heart Check
    • Heart2Heart Cardiac Care Package