ECG_EKG

Electrocardiogram (ECG) recording of the electrical waves from the heart to assess the heart allowing doctors understand the health conditions of the patient’s heart.

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG shows the heart’s electrical activity as line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the tracings are called waves.

The heart is a muscular pump made up of four chambers. The two upper chambers are called atria. The two lower chambers are called ventricles. A natural electrical system camera.gif causes the heart muscle to contract. This pumps blood through the heart to the lungs and the rest of the body.

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An EKG is done to:

Check the heart’s electrical activity

Find the cause of chest pain or pressure

This could be caused by a heart attack, inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart (pericarditis), or angina.

Find the cause of symptoms of heart disease

Symptoms include shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, and heartbeats that are rapid and irregular (palpitations).

Find out if the walls of the heart chambers are too thick

Check how well medicines are working

This procedure helps us to see if the medicines are causing side effects that affect the heart or not.

Check how implanted devices are working

It helps us to check how well mechanical devices that are implanted in the heart, such as pacemakers, are working.