Frequently Asked Questions
An electrocardiogram (ECG) & its uses
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a very quick and painless test that records the electrical activity of the heart. It is used to assess the rate and regularity of heartbeats, the size and position of the chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart (such as a pacemaker).
How do I get an ECG done?
If you have no symptoms of illness, you simply make an appointment with us. Otherwise, you will need to ask your GP to refer you.
Who will perform the ECG?
ECGs at COPD AWARE are performed by practitioners, specialists in the field who work hand-in-hand with the NHS throughout the UK. The equipment they use is at the very forefront of technology, giving you the comfort of knowing that you are in the best possible hands.
How much will it cost?
With prices starting at just £45, you’ll find our rates to be surprisingly low. We’ll discuss these with you at the outset, before you decide whether or not to proceed.
Will my medical insurers pay for my ECG?
You will need to speak to your insurers to establish this.
Is an ECG safe?
Generally, there are no risks associated with an ECG. The equipment monitors the electrical impulses from your heart, it doesn’t emit electricity.
Does it hurt?
No. It’s a totally painless procedure.
How long does an ECG scan take?
About 10 minutes.
How will I get my results?
In some cases, a report will be given to you directly (with a copy being given to your GP if you wish). In other cases, your results will be given to your GP who will then communicate them to you.
High Blood Pressure & Ultrasound
A cardiac ultrasound scan (sometimes referred to as an “echocardiogram” or “echo”, for short) is used in connection with a variety of heart problems and for patients suffering from high blood pressure. It is often performed in conjunction with a “Doppler” test to determine the direction and speed of blood flow within the heart. to find more detailed information about the use of cardiac ultrasound in connection with high blood pressure. During a cardiac ultrasound scan, it is possible to:
View the movement of the heart
Assess whether the heart valves are opening & closing properly
Measure the muscle/wall thickness
of the heart
Measure the size of the heart chambers.