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Hello smile. I'm a 19 year old female having my first ECG done tomorrow. What should I expect? Will I have to remove my top and bra? If they don't find anything should I say that I get about 8 continuous not normal beats that usually occur in the evening?

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    They will ask you to remove your top and place some stickers around your body including your legs so thay can attach the cables to take the readings. Then the machine will print off a graph of your heart function.

    10 minutes, no worries and no you won't have to remove your bra.

    A doctor will then read the results and tell you what is going on. Of course you can mention the beats that are worrying you. 

    Good luck

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    Here in northern Italy I have to remove my bra as well - there are several leads to be attached and bra straps have a habit of getting in the way, especially if you have underwired bras. 

    As debi says, tell them EVERYTHING about your heart rate and symptoms, whether you think it is relevant or not. They may decide to do a 24-hour recording where you have similar leads and a small, mobile phone sized recorder. Or I think the UK has even longer term devices. 

    You'll be fine - no need to worry

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    Hi Weeasy

    Hi  this is NOT painful at all. You lie on a couch take your blouse/tee shirt off the nurse or who ever does the test places pads on your body. Then they put electrodes ie wires on to the pads NO pain. LAUGH in men with hairy chests they sometimes save chest. Still no pain. 20/30 minutes a reading will come from a printer. ALL the best please come back to me and let me know the results. I have had lots of them


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    Hi Wendy

    My eldest daughter was diagnosed with an 'innocent' heart murmour when she was 17. She is now 28, healthy and fit and a member of the Royal Australian Airforce and currently serving in the Middle East.

    I would tell the doctor Cardiologist everything so he can make an accurate diagnosis.

    The ECG is pretty tame, they just put sticky dots over your chest, side and back and wire these up to the ECG monitor, but yes you will most likely be asked to remove your top and bra. It should be a female nurse that handles the reading, then you will get dressed and go discuss the results with the doctor or cardiologist.

    Hopefully all will be fine and a good result should ease your and your parents minds. Best of luck and dont stress too much.

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    Thanks all for responses. Feeling a biy nervous today as my heart was going crazy last night and I k or they won't find anything in 1 minute. Could I ask to be put on a 24 hour one?
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