This records the electrical activity of the heart. The test takes about ten minutes and is painless. You lay on an examination couch during the test. A technician places several plastic tabs (electrodes) your arms, legs and chest. These electrodes detect the minute electrical signals that are produced by the heart muscle. A wire connects each electrode to a machine that records the signals and prints them out on paper. The ECG record shows if there has been any previous damage to the heart muscle such as that caused by a heart attack. It does not detect the presence of narrowing’s in the coronary arteries. In some patients the ECG can show evidence of a tendency to heart rhythm disturbances. Occasionally the ECG shows an actual heart rhythm change especially if this has been present for some time.
In view of the current situation with Covidvirus, with great regret, we have had to temporarily close The Wood Street Clinic for testing and face to face consultations with patients.
If you have any queries, please leave a short message including a contact telephone number on 020 8449 7656. Please do not use other numbers at this time. In the case of clinical emergency help should be obtained via the 999-telephone system.
Professional drivers wanting assessments such as treadmill exercise testing and / or echocardiography for measurement of LVEF should leave a short message including a contact telephone number on 020 8449 7656. Adrienne, the secretary, will get back to you to take your details. She will then contact you to make arrangements for these tests when the situation allows for this.