ECG

ECG or EKG (Electrocardiogram)

What is it?
The heart produces tiny electrical impulses, which spread through the heart muscle to make the heart contract. These impulses can be detected on the surface from an ECG.
Electrocardiogram is done during rest, and it is a painless test.
What does it show?
The electrical signals received via the ECG machine from your heart can let your cardiologist know your heart rate and rhythm. It can also show if there is enlargement of the heart or any evidence of a heart attack (myocardial infarction). The resting ECG is different from a stress or exercise ECG or cardiac imaging test.
What does it not show?
It does not indicate whether you have asymptomatic blockages in your heart arteries and it cannot predict your risk of a future heart attack.
Who does it?
A trained paramedical/nursing staff can perform the procedure. The trained professional will apply some gel in a designated area around heart, arms and legs to connect ECG bulbs and clips. The procedure will take approximately 2-5 minutes, and the ECG will be printed and dispatched immediately. Your Cardiologist or referring Doctor will analyze the report.
Who needs it?
You may need an ECG test if you have risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, or symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness or chest pain. Alternatively, you may need it if you already have heart disease, if your doctor is suspecting any heart disease, or if you have undergone any cardiac procedure/surgeries.

Your doctor may also refer you for an ECG to know your resting rate, rhythm, and any enlargement in case if you are undergoing any non-cardiac procedures/surgeries.

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