Electrocardiogram (ECG)

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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?

Electrocardiography is the process of producing an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), a graph of voltage versus time, of the electrical activity of the heart using electrodes placed on the skin. These electrodes detect the small electrical changes that are a consequence of cardiac muscle depolarization followed by repolarization during each cardiac cycle (heartbeat). 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), and electrolyte disturbances (such as hypokalemia and hyperkalemia).


We use a conventional 12-lead ECG, ten electrodes are placed on the patient’s limbs and on the surface of the chest. The overall magnitude of the heart’s electrical potential is then measured from twelve different angles (“leads”) and is recorded over a period of time (usually ten seconds). In this way, the overall magnitude and direction of the heart’s electrical depolarization is captured at each moment throughout the cardiac cycle.


An ECG is a quick, safe and painless test. No electricity is put into your body while it’s carried out.


There may be some slight discomfort when the electrodes are removed from your skin – similar to removing a sticking plaster – and some people may develop a mild rash where the electrodes were attached.


An exercise ECG is performed under controlled conditions. The person carrying out the test will carefully monitor you, and they’ll stop the test if you experience any symptoms or start to feel unwell.

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.

More about an ECG test

Electrocardiography is the process of producing an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), a graph of voltage versus time, of the electrical activity of the heart using electrodes placed on the skin. These electrodes detect the small electrical changes that are a consequence of cardiac muscle depolarization followed by repolarization during each cardiac cycle (heartbeat). 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), and electrolyte disturbances (such as hypokalemia and hyperkalemia).


We use a conventional 12-lead ECG, ten electrodes are placed on the patient’s limbs and on the surface of the chest. The overall magnitude of the heart’s electrical potential is then measured from twelve different angles (“leads”) and is recorded over a period of time (usually ten seconds). In this way, the overall magnitude and direction of the heart’s electrical depolarization is captured at each moment throughout the cardiac cycle.


An ECG is a quick, safe and painless test. No electricity is put into your body while it’s carried out.


There may be some slight discomfort when the electrodes are removed from your skin – similar to removing a sticking plaster – and some people may develop a mild rash where the electrodes were attached.


An exercise ECG is performed under controlled conditions. The person carrying out the test will carefully monitor you, and they’ll stop the test if you experience any symptoms or start to feel unwell.

Methodology

We are using Welch Allyn CardioPerfect Workstation with PC-Based 12-Lead Resting Electrocardiograph with automatic ECG interpretation.

Preparation

No special preparation is needed.

Indications

An ECG is often used alongside other tests to help diagnose and monitor conditions affecting the heart.
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
A series of ECGs can also be taken over time to monitor a person already diagnosed with a heart condition or taking medication known to potentially affect the heart.

Interpretation

An ECG recording machine will usually show your heart rhythm and electrical activity as a graph displayed electronically or printed on paper.
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.

Disclaimer

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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