Our quick guide to ECG

Health Play Department
Bergholt Ward, Ipswich Hospital
Tel: 01473 702 186 (Ext:1186)


This is an ECG machine.

ECG machine

ECG stands for Electrocardiogram. It is used to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity.

It has sensors (called electrodes) which are attached to your skin using sticky pads. Some of these are placed in a pattern below your heart and the others are placed on your arms and legs. Each electrode has a wire which connects to the machine.

ECG procedure

It doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort. The pads can be very sticky.

It should only take a few minutes to complete. Just lay there calmly whilst the machine takes the reading.

It prints off your results for your doctor to look at. They look like lots of wiggly lines.


For more information

Speak to your nurse or play specialist



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