What is ECG and EKG? When do we need this?
EKG is a test that records the electrical activity of your heart through small electrode patches that a technician attaches to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs. EKGs are quick, safe, and painless. With this test, your doctor will be able to Check your heart rhythm, see if you have poor blood flow to your heart muscle (this is called ischemia), Diagnose a heart attack and to Check on things that are abnormal, such as thickened heart muscle.
ECG/EKG is a medical test which is being conducted to detect the cardiac abnormalities through measurement of your heart’s electrical activity and the resulted data can be recorded on a paper or machine with ease to examine the patterns of your heart rate. For this purpose, almost 10 electrodes along with adhesive pads will be attached to your chest, legs and arms. Most commonly, it only takes almost 10 minutes to conduct this test and to attach electrodes on your body. However, to get the actual reading it just takes few seconds only.
Why Do We Need ECG/EKG
These tests could be performed to assess heart functions. More often, ECG is performed when someone complains about syncope, lightheadedness or palpitations. Anyone who has a complain of shortness of breath or chest pain will need to have an ECG as its very first test to determine the risk of heart attack or acute myocardial infarction. Even more, this can help to understand whether this pain is due to atherosclerosis or angina. To find any abnormality in heart function, sometimes you may need to go through serial EKG’s over time. The test results include assessment of the rhythm, determination of the rate and electrical conduction patterns’ evaluation. At SNOHC, we perform ECG as a part of the occupational health treatment in Las Vegas.