17 Sep Insight into: Electrocardiogram (ECG)
What is an ECG?
Electrocardiogram, probably better known as an ECG, is a test carried out to look at your heart rate, rhythm and electrical activity. An ECG is a very common heart test to check for different heart problems. An ECG would normally be carried out on someone who is experiencing one of the following: shortness of breath, irregular heart beats, very high blood pressure, palpitations or suspected heart valve problems. However, it’s also used in preventative way to rule out any problems.
It’s a simple and easy test, with 10 sticky pads attached to different parts of your body. The test only lasts a few minutes but can tell us so much about heart health. An ECG could be the difference in finding out if you have an underlying heart problem.
ACCORDING TO THE BHF A ABNORMAL ECG CAN TELL IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ISSUES:
Irregular heartbeat (an arrhythmia)
Problems with the spread of electrical activity within the heart
An enlarged heart
Areas of the heart with reduced blood supply
A ‘silent’ heart attack (an interruption to blood flow in the coronary arteries without usual heart attack symptoms).
An ECG Test is painless with few side effects. A small number of people may have a slight skin reaction to the electrodes but normally there are no after effects. An ECG can be so important in the process of identifying or ruling out any issues.