An electrocardiogram, also called 12-lead EKG or 12-lead ECG is performed to help diagnose many common heart problems in people of all ages. We perform ECG 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, from 8am – 5pm. Our ECG is interpreted by board certified cardiologist.
ECG can be used to detect the following:
- Abnormal Heart rhythm that happened only during the test which may come and go. For this reason a physician may ask you to take a different type of heart rhythm monitoring to help diagnose the cause of your symptoms.
- To check if blocked or narrowed arteries in your heart are causing chest pain or a heart attack
- To diagnose if there are structural problems with your heart’s chambers
- If you have had a previous heart attack, knowing or unknowing to you
- To check how well certain ongoing heart disease treatments, for example a pacemaker, are working.
The test is painless and non-invasive. You will need a requisition or referral from a family physician to do an ECG test.
HOW IT WORKS
Each heart beat is elicited by an electrical impulse that is normally produced from special cells in the upper right chamber of your heart – pacemaker cells. An ECG or EKG is used to record the timing and strength of these signals as they travel through your heart.
During an ECG, electrodes also known as sensor, are attached to the chest and limbs to detect the electrical activity of your heart. This procedure is PAINLESS. You will be expected to lie down on a bed and relax while the ECG is performed. The test usually take 5 – 10 minutes, including preparation.
After the ECG is done, when the electrodes placed on your body are been removed, you may have minor discomfort similar to removing a bandage.
ECG result will be provided to you immediately after the ECG exam. This is to ensure patient safety in case there are finding that require urgent attention.
An ECG test is a safe procedure. There is no risk of getting an electrical shock during the test.
HOW TO PREPARE
There are no special preparations necessary for a standard ECG. However, it is advisable to tell your doctor about any medications and/or supplements you may be taking, because some medications can affect the results of your test.
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