Sometimes you visit you doctor for something routine
What is an ECG?
An ECG is simply a representation of the electrical activity of the heart muscle as it changes with time, usually printed on paper for easier analysis. Like other muscles, cardiac muscle contracts in response to electrical depolarization of the muscle cells. It is the sum of this electrical activity, when amplified and recorded for just a few seconds that we know as an ECG.
Most healthy hearts pump blood through the body when stimulated by an electrical signal that travels along predetermined pathways. This causes the cardiac cells to contract in just the right order. An Electrocardiogram is a test that records the electrical activity of your heart. The primary function of the ECG scan is to detect possible cardiac arrhythmias like irregular heartbeat or heart murmurs.
Why Does My Doctor Want to Perform This Test?
A doctor may recommend an ECG for several reasons such as to evaluate symptoms associated with heart disease, such as:
Or to evaluate the health of your heart if you are at risk for heart disease, such as if you have:
What Preparations Should I Make before the Test?
Before having an ECG, you should let your doctor know if you are taking any medications or if you are allergic to adhesive tape. At the commencement of the test, you will be asked to undress from the waist up and expose your lower legs. There are no restrictions on food, liquid or medications prior to the test. Do not apply lotions, oils, or powder to the chest.
An Omron ECG machine is one of the best in the market and with such a portable ECG machine it is possible to keep an eye your ECG reading at home on a regular basis. An electrocardiogram is a safe, painless test. There are no known risks associated with the ECG scan and you will not have to sign a consent form. If you use a portable ECG monitor at home you can take an ECG reading at the time when you have any symptoms and then show the results to your doctor.