Article published by : Clinico Diagnostic Centre Pathology Lab on Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Category : General Health

What Does Ecg Test Show?


What is ECG?
ECG stands for Electrocardiogram. It’s a simple test that helps check the heart rhythm & electrical activity and detect signs of heart disease.

Small electrode patches are attached to the skin of the chest, arms and legs which help record the electrical activity of the heart. Heart signals are recorded by a machine, which are then examined by a doctor to check if they’re normal or abnormal.

When is ECG Used?
ECG is used in the investigation & identification of a potential heart problem in a person who is experiencing symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness, etc. It’s generally recommended by a doctor who thinks there might be an issue related to the heart.

The ECG test may help detect:

Arrhythmias – heart beating very slowly, too fast, or in an irregular manner
Coronary heart disease – heart’s blood supply is obstructed or blocked by a build-up of fatty substances
Heart attacks – supply of blood to the heart gets abruptly blocked
Cardiomyopathy – heart walls become thickened or enlarged
The ECG test is usually conducted in addition to other tests to help in the accurate diagnosis & monitoring of heart conditions.

What are the types of ECG?
Three main types of ECG currently exist. This include:

Resting ECG – test conducted while you’re lying down in a relaxed position.
Stress or Exercise ECG – test conducted while you’re using a treadmill or exercise bike, the electrical activity of your heart is measured while you are physically active.
Ambulatory ECG (Holter monitor) – the electrical activity of your heart is recorded generally over a period of 24 hours.
The type of ECG a doctor recommends will depend on the symptoms & suspected heart problem.

What does the ECG test show?
The ECG test results show your heart rate and rhythm, which is examined by a doctor to detect anything unusual.
Normal ECG test results generally comprise:-

Heart rate: 60-100 beats per minute
Heart rhythm: consistent & even/li>
Abnormal ECG test results may indicate:-

Damage or changes to the heart muscle
Past or current heart attack
Poor blood supply to the heart arteries
Heart enlargement
Congenital heart defect
Fluid or swelling in the sac around the heart
Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart)
Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms)
Changes in the amount of electrolytes like potassium & calcium in the blood
Conclusion
To conclude, ECG is a simple, risk-free & painless test that plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and monitoring of heart-related problems globally.

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