ECG (record of cardiac activity)

What is an ECG (Electrocardiogram)?

An ECG (electrocardiogram) also known as in EKG is a procedure that records the electrical activity of the heart.

Reasons an ECG may be done:

  • As part of a routine checkup or preoperative workup for surgery.
  • To help determine the cause of chest pain.
  • To evaluate other signs and symptoms which may be heart-related, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting.
  • To identify an irregular heartbeat.

How long does an ECG take?

The test takes only a few minutes and does not cause any discomfort.

Is there any special prep needed prior to an ECG?

  • Wear clothes that allow easy access to your chest.
  • Avoid the use of baby oil or lotion before the test as it may prevent the electrodes from sticking properly on your skin.

What can I expect during the procedure?

  • You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up only. Women will be asked to remove their pantyhose. The technologist will ensure your privacy by covering you with a gown and exposing only the necessary areas.
  • You will lie flat on a bed for the procedure. It will be important for you to lie still and relax during the procedure.
  • If your chest, arms or legs are very hairy, small patches of hair may be shaved, as needed, to allow the electrodes to stick to the skin properly.
  • There will be 10 electrodes attached to you. 6 to your chest around your heart and 1 on each arm and leg. The lead wires from the ECG machine will be attached to the electrodes.
  • The ECG will be started. It will take only a short time for the tracing to be completed.
  • Once the tracing is completed, the technologist will disconnect the leads and remove the skin electrodes.

Horizon locations offering this service:

Facility Name Address Phone
Oromocto Public Hospital 103 Winnebago St., Oromocto, New Brunswick, E2V 1C6 506-357-4700
Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (Fredericton) 700 Priestman St. , PO Box 9000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 3B7 506-452-5400
Stanley Health Centre 69 Limekiln Rd., Stanley, New Brunswick, E6B 1E9 506-367-7730
Queens North Community Health Centre 1100 Pleasant Dr., Minto, New Brunswick, E4B 2V6 506-327-7800
Nackawic Health Centre 135 Otis Dr., Unit 201(Upper Floor, Nackawic Shopping Centre) , Nackawic, New Brunswick, E6G 1H1 506-575-6600
McAdam Health Centre 15 Saunders Rd., PO Box 311, McAdam, New Brunswick, E6J 1K9 506-784-6300
Harvey Health Centre 2019, Rte. 3, Harvey Station, New Brunswick, E6K 3E9 506-366-6400
Fredericton Junction Health Centre 233 Sunbury Dr., Fredericton Junction, New Brunswick, E5L 1S1 506-368-6501
Chipman Health Centre 9 Civic Court, Chipman, New Brunswick, E4A 2H8 506-339-7650
Central Miramichi Community Health Centre 11 Prospect St., Doaktown, New Brunswick, E9C 1C3 506-365-6100
Boiestown Health Centre 6154 Rte. 8, Unit 2, Boiestown, New Brunswick, E6A 1M4 506-369-2700

Facility Name Address Phone
Miramichi Regional Hospital 500 Water St., Miramichi, New Brunswick, E1V 3G5 506-623-3000
Rogersville Health Centre 9 rue Des Ormes, Rogersville, New Brunswick, E4Y 1S6 506-775-2030

Facility Name Address Phone
Jones Lake Clinic 1600 Main St., Suite 102, Moncton, New Brunswick 506-857-5271
Sackville Memorial Hospital 8 Main St., Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L 4A3 506-364-4100
The Moncton Hospital 135 MacBeath Ave., Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 6Z8 506-857-5111
Albert County Community Health Centre 8 Forestdale Rd., Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick, E4H 3Y7 506-882-3100

Facility Name Address Phone
St. Joseph's Hospital (Saint John) 130 Bayard Dr., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 3L6 506-632-5555
Grand Manan Hospital 196 Route 776, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, E5G 1A3 506-662-4060
Saint John Regional Hospital 400 University Ave., Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 4L2 506-648-6000
Charlotte County Hospital (St. Stephen) 4 Garden St., St. Stephen, New Brunswick, E3L 2L9 506-465-4444
Sussex Health Centre 75 Leonard Dr., Sussex, New Brunswick, E4E 2P7 506-432-3100
Fundy Health Centre 34 Hospital St., PO Box 1298, Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, E5H 1K2 506-456-4200
Deer Island Health Centre 999 Rte. 772, Fairhaven, New Brunswick, E5V 1P2 506-747-4150

Facility Name Address Phone
Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph (Perth-Andover) 10 Woodland Hill, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, E7H 5H5 506-273-7100
Upper River Valley Hospital (Waterville) 11300 Route 130, Waterville, New Brunswick, E7P 0A4 506-375-5900
Tobique Valley Community Health Centre 120 Main St., Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, E7G 2E5 506-356-6600