Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An electrocardiogram or ECG is a recording of the electrical signals of your heart.

What is it?

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is commonly used to detect heart problems and monitor the heart in different situations. An ECG is a routine and painless cardiac investigation procedure that provides your doctor with information about your heart’s electrical rhythm, how well it conducts electricity, and even the heart muscle mass. It is an important diagnostic tool when investigating a range of potential problems that could be affecting your heart’s function, however a standard ECG can record an abnormal heart rhythm only if it happens during the test.


What should I expect?

  • An ECG is a quick, painless and non-invasive test, often performed by a technician in a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital.
  • You may be asked to change into a hospital gown and lie on an examining bed.
  • Small metal disks called electrodes will be attached to your chest and your limbs.
  • The electrodes have wires which are attached to an electrocardiograph machine that will record and then print out cardiac electrical activity.
  • The test is usually completed in a few minutes.


  1. You do not need to do anything to prepare for your test, however you may wish to wear a two-piece outfit on the day to enable you to easily undress to the waist

  2. Where possible, avoid applying lotions, perfumes or powders to the chest area and remove any neck jewellery to assist with adhering the electrodes

  3. Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking as some may affect the results of your test

What happens next?

You may resume normal activities immediately following your ECG. The results will usually be discussed with you following the test and a comprehensive report sent to your referring doctor. If your electrocardiogram is normal, you may not need any other tests. If the results show an abnormality, you may need further diagnostic tests. Your doctor will be able to advise the best cause of action depending on your symptoms.

Meet our doctors

General Cardiologists | Interventional Cardiologists | Cardiac Imaging Specialists | Heart Failure Specialists

We attract and retain some of the most experienced doctors in the country, who all have a passion for improving patient outcomes and specialise in the treatment of heart disease.

To give you the best care we can, we have the largest group of privately practicing cardiologists in Australia.

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Buderim Private Hospital (Cardiology)

Suite 16, Buderim Private Hospital, 12 Elsa Wilson Drive, Buderim QLD 4556

(07) 5478 4829

Hervey Bay Hospital (Cardiology)

Corner of Nissen Street & Urraween Road, Urraween QLD 4655

(07) 4303 4351

Rockingham (Hearts West Clinic)

Elanora Dr, Rockingham General Hospital, Cooloongup WA 6168

Murdoch (Hearts West Clinic)

Suite 59, SJOG Medical Centre Barry Marshall ParadeMurdoch WA 6150

Armadale (Hearts West Clinic)

3056 Albany Hwy, Suite 10, Armadale Hospital Specialist Centre, Armadale WA 6112

(08) 9391 1234

Base Hospital Bundaberg (Cardiology)

Cardiac Investigations Unit, Bundaberg Base Hospital, Bourbong Street, Bundaberg West, QLD, 4670

(07) 4199 7300

Friendly Society Private Hospital Bundaberg (Cardiology)

Floor 1, 19-23 Bingera Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

(07) 4199 7300

Wesley Hospital Auchenflower (Cardiology)

Level 5, Suite 91 Sandford Jackson Building 30 Chasely Street Auchenflower QLD 4066

(07) 3858 8650

Sunshine Coast (Cardiology)

Suites 14 & 15, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, 3 Doherty Street, Birtinya QLD 4575

(07) 5390 3700

Mount Ommaney (Cardiology)

Mount Ommaney Medical Centre Shop 6/171 Dandenong Road Mt Ommaney QLD 4074

(07) 3725 3900

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