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ECG

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ECG (Electrocardiogram)

ECG (Electrocardiogram) – Done on Cardiovit AT-2 from Schiller company.An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An ECG translates the heart’s electrical activity into line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the line tracings are called waves.

ECG is done in patients in the case of symptoms such as dyspnoea (difficulty in breathing), chest pain (angina), fainting, palpitations or when someone can feel that their own heart beat is abnormal.

  • An ECG can be used to assess if the patient has had a heart attack or evidence of a previous heart attack
  • An ECG can be used to monitor the effect of medicines used for coronary artery disease.
  • An ECG reveals rhythm problems such as the cause of a slow or fast heart beat.
  • To demonstrate thickening of a heart muscle (left ventricular hypertrophy), for example due to long-standing high blood pressure
  • To see electrolyte imbalance in blood
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Frequently Asked Questions

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a medical test that detects cardiac (heart) abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts. The machine that records the patient's ECG is called an electrocardiograph.
Electrodes (small, plastic patches that stick to the skin) are placed at certain spots on the chest, arms, and legs. The electrodes are connected to an ECG machine by lead wires. The electrical activity of the heart is then measured, interpreted, and printed out. No electricity is sent into the body.
Her study of nearly 15,000 people found that the blood test plus the usual electrocardiogram (EKG) of the heartbeat were 99 percent accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home rather than be admitted for observation and more diagnostics.
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to assess the heart rate and rhythm. This test can often detect heart disease, heart attack, an enlarged heart, or abnormal heart rhythms that may cause heart failure. Chest X-ray to see if the heart is enlarged and if the lungs are congested with fluid.
A “normal” EKG is one that shows what is known as sinus rhythm. Sinus rhythm may look like a lot of little bumps, but each relays an important action in the heart.
T-wave alternans, as well as other ECG measures of heterogeneity of repolarization, increases with emotional and cognitive stress in the laboratory setting, and may also increase with stress in “real life” settings. In the atrium, stress impacts components of the signal-averaged ECG.
But not all heart attacks show up on the first ECG. So even if it looks normal, you're still not out of the woods.
The next step is an evaluation by a doctor or other clinician, who will ask about your medical history and details about the location, duration, and intensity of your symptoms.
Other aspects of heart disease may lead to an abnormal EKG. For example, people with high blood pressure are more likely to have an abnormal EKG reading.
There is nothing painful about getting an ECG. The patient is asked to lie down, and small metal tabs (called electrodes) are fixed to the skin with sticky papers. These electrodes are placed in a standard pattern on the shoulders, the chest, the wrists, and the ankles.
ECG rhythms are used to evaluate normal or abnormal cardiac conditions. Abnormal ECG rhythms are called arrhythmia although sometimes, dysrhythmia is used. Arrhythmia is an abnormally slow or fast heart rate or an irregular cardiac rhythm.
The ECG reflects what's happening in different areas of the heart and helps identify any problems with the rhythm or rate of your heart. The ECG is painless and takes around 5-10 minutes to perform at City XRay Clinic.
A doctor may recommend an ECG for people who may be at risk of heart disease because there is a family history of heart disease, or because they smoke, are overweight, or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. They may also recommend an ECG if a person is experiencing symptoms such as: chest pain.
What are the limitations of the ECG (EKG)? The EKG is a static picture and may not reflect severe underlying heart problems at a time when the patient is not having any symptoms. The most common example of this is in a patient with a history of intermittent chest pain due to severe underlying coronary artery disease.