Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a quick, painless, and safe technique performed to check for the signs of heart disease. The techniques work by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts. The ECG machine detects this electrical activity through small electrode patches that a technician attaches to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs and displays the data as a trace on a screen or on paper. The data is then interpreted by a medical practitioner.
Why is ECG Performed?
ECG test provides a doctor with major information about signs and symptoms of heart problems that include;
- Pain in your chest
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling tired or weak
- Pounding, racing, or fluttering of your heart
- A feeling that your heart is beating unevenly
- Detection of unusual sounds when your doctor listens to your heart
ECGs are often performed if you are at the age of 50’s or older or have a family history of heart disease. It helps monitor the early signs of heart problems, that help assess artificial cardiac pacemakers or to monitor the effects of certain medications on the heart.
Types of ECG Test’s
Besides the basic ECG test, three other types of specialized monitoring include;
- Stress Test
Some heart problems only appear during exercise. An exercise stress test is used to determine how well your heart responds during times when it’s working its hardest. During stress testing, you’ll have an EKG while you’re exercising. Typically, this test is done while you’re on a treadmill or stationary bicycle.
- Holter Monitor
A Holter monitor is a small, battery-powered medical device that measures your heart’s activity over 24 to 48 hours while you maintain a diary of your activity to help your doctor identify the cause of your symptoms. It can pick up not only your heart’s rate and rhythm but also when you feel chest pains or exhibit symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia.
- Event Recorder
Your doctor may suggest this device if you only get symptoms now and then. When you push a button, it will record and store your heart’s electrical activity for a few minutes. You may need to wear it for weeks or sometimes months. It’s similar to a Holter monitor, but it records your heart’s electrical activity just when symptoms occur.
Why Choose Us?
Bansal Diagnostic Centre has one of the most experienced practices, devoted to meeting the diagnostics needs of our patients at all stage of their lives. Our team has been providing tailored individual care to our patients with trusted specialist services by our expert team of radiologists and sonographers for over 10 years. As a trusted provider in delivering an accurate diagnosis of scans in a fast and accurate system, our patients feel confident and safe in the hands of our diagnostic and pathology specialists.