An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG test) measures the electrical signals of the heart. This is a simple and painless procedure that records the heart’s electrical activity. EKG testing can be used to detect or monitor heart problems, such as heart attacks, an enlarged heart, abnormal heart rhythm, heart failure or other disorders that affect the heart. It also allows the doctor to make on the spot treatment decisions or referrals to a specialist if needed.
Common Questions About EKG Testing:
Why would a doctor order an EKG test?
An EKG test may be ordered for a number of reasons. This can include suspicion of heart disease or heart damage, to check on implanted heart equipment or to see if medications may be affecting your heart.
What can an EKG test detect?
This test measures the rhythm and strength of the heart beat and detects changes in the heart’s electrical pattern. From this information EKG tests can detect abnormalities in the heart, such as Irregular heartbeat, coronary artery disease, heart failure, thick or enlarged heart muscles (cardiomyopathy) and problems with the valves in your heart.