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Early detection of a heart problem could save your life and prevent a heart attack. ECG's are painless and easily carried out, especially as with VisitHealth you can have one done in the comfort of your home.
An ECG looks at your heart’s rate, rhythm and electrical activity to detect problems with your heart. Sensors attached to the skin detect the electrical signals produced by your heart each time it beats. These signals can be used to identify a number of heart problems or defects.
Do you need an ECG?
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) creates a graph of the electrical activity of the heart using electrodes placed on the skin. These electrodes detect the small electrical changes of the heart.
- Changes in the normal ECG pattern occur in numerous cardiac abnormalities, including:
- Cardiac rhythm disturbances (such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia)
- Inadequate coronary artery blood flow (such as myocardial ischemia and myocardial infarction)
- Electrolyte disturbances (such as hypokalemia and hyperkalemia).
What factors may put you at more at risk of a heart problem?
- High blood pressure
- A family history of heart problems
- Being obese or overweight
- Drink heavily
- Having had a problem with your heart before
- You run long-distance races or have just taken up running
- You are over 50
We use a conventional 12-lead ECG, ten electrodes are placed on the patient’s limbs and on the surface of the chest. The electrical activity is recorded over a period of time (usually ten seconds).
What can an ECG detect?
Arrhythmias - where the heart beats too slowly, too quickly, or irregularly.
Coronary heart disease - where the heart's blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances. Heart disease is the biggest killer in the UK. It accounts for more than a quarter of all deaths, that's about one every three minutes.
Heart attacks - where the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked.
Cardiomyopathy - where the heart walls become thickened or enlarged.
It can be used to investigate symptoms of a possible heart problem, such as chest pain, palpitations (suddenly noticeable heartbeats), dizziness and shortness of breath.
An ECG can help detect:
- arrhythmias – where the heart beats too slowly, too quickly, or irregularly
- coronary heart disease – where the heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances
- heart attacks – where the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked
- cardiomyopathy – where the heart walls become thickened or enlarged
You’ll be able to get the results of your ECG immediately. The recordings may need to be looked at by a specialist doctor to see if there are signs of a potential problem. Other tests may also be needed before it’s possible to tell you whether there’s a problem.
The functional test results are NOT to be interpreted as a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.
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