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What is ECG?

ECG is electrocardiogram which records the electrical signals in your heart. It’s a common test used to detect heart problems and monitor the heart’s status in many situations  It is a noninvasive, painless test with quick results to help diagnose many common heart problems in people of all ages such to detect: 

  • Irregularities in your heart rhythm (arrhythmias)
  • If blocked or narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) are causing chest pain or a heart attack
  • Structural problems with your heart’s chambers
  • A previous heart attack
  • How well certain ongoing heart disease treatments, such as a pacemaker, are working
  • People with family history of heart disease
  • If you experience signs & symptoms of: 
  • Heart palpitations
  • Rapid pulse
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or confusion
  • Fatigue and inability to exercise

During the procedure, sensors (electrodes) that can detect the electrical activity of your heart are attached to your chest and limbs. These sensors are usually left on for just a few minutes. Each beat of your heart is triggered by an electrical impulse normally generated from special cells in the upper right chamber of your heart (pacemaker cells). An electrocardiogram records the timing and strength of these signals as they travel through your heart.

An electrocardiogram is also called a 12-lead EKG or 12-lead ECG because it gathers information from 12 different areas of the heart. The electrical activity is recorded as waves on a graph, with different patterns corresponding to each electrical phase of your heartbeat.

Your result will be reviewed on the same day it’s performed. If result shows normal wave, you may not need any other tests. If the results show an abnormality with your heart, you may need another ECG or other diagnostic tests. Treatment depends on what’s causing your signs and symptoms.

Doctor will look for a consistent, even heart rhythm and a heart rate between 50 and 100 beats a minute. Having a faster, slower or irregular heartbeat provides clues about your heart health, including:

  • Heart rate
  • Heart rhythm 
  • Heart attack condition
  • Inadequate blood and oxygen supply to the heart
  • Structural abnormalities of your heart 

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