ECGs

Using Machines To Test Heart Health & Diagnose Heart Problems

Heart problems often affect the electrical activity and rhythm of your heart. If you are experiencing signs that may indicate heart problems, your doctor may recommend you to take an ECG.

ECGs

Using Machines To Test Heart Health & Diagnose Heart Problems

Heart problems often affect the electrical activity and rhythm of your heart. If you are experiencing signs that may indicate heart problems, your doctor may recommend you to take an ECG.

What Is An ECG Medical Test?

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a medical test that records the electrical signals and rhythm of your heart. An ECG is a quick, easy, and painless way to detect heart abnormalities and irregularities and monitor overall heart health.

An ECG can be performed at the doctors, by an EMT, or at the hospital by trained professionals. Test data is recorded on a machine called an electrocardiograph where the patterns are analysed for signs of problems.

When Is An ECG Used?

An ECG may be used whenever there is an indication of heart irregularities and abnormalities, or alongside other tests related to heart issues.  

An ECG is a painless, non-invasive way to assess, diagnose, and monitor a range of heart issues such as:
     // Heart attack – Blood supply to the heart is blocked
     // Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) – heartbeat is irregular or beating too fast or slow.  
     // Coronary Artery Disease – blood supply is slowed or blocked due to the build-up of fatty substances


A doctor may also recommend an ECG to check on previous heart surgery, or if you have symptoms including:
     // Chest pain
     // Rapid pulse
     // Trouble breathing
     // Heart palpitations – suddenly noticeable heartbeats
     // Fatigue or weakness
     // Dizziness or confusion

By performing an ECG can help your doctor detect specific problems and determine what treatment is most appropriate.

An ECG may be used whenever there is an indication of heart irregularities and abnormalities, or alongside other tests related to heart issues.  

An ECG is a painless, non-invasive way to assess, diagnose, and monitor a range of heart issues such as:
// Heart attack – Blood supply to the heart is blocked
// Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) – heartbeat is irregular or beating too fast or slow.  
// Coronary Artery Disease – blood supply is slowed or blocked due to the build-up of fatty substances


A doctor may also recommend an ECG to check on previous heart surgery, or if you have symptoms including:
// Chest pain
// Rapid pulse
// Trouble breathing
// Heart palpitations – suddenly noticeable heartbeats
// Fatigue or weakness
// Dizziness or confusion

By performing an ECG can help your doctor detect specific problems and determine what treatment is most appropriate.

Is An ECG Safe?

An ECG is a safe procedure with no risk involved. An ECG does not emit any electrical pulses, so there is no risk of any heart-related issues being caused by the procedure. Some people may experience minor discomfort when removing the electrodes, or get minor skin irritation.

How Is An ECG Test Done?

An ECG is a quick, painless, and straightforward procedure that you can have performed in your doctor's office. There is a series of easy to follow to carry out an ECG test.  

1. You’ll need to remove your upper clothing, or you may be asked to change into a hospital gown. If there is hair where electrodes are being placed, your technician may need to shave it off so the electrodes can stick.

2. You’ll be asked to lay down on your back where sticky sensors (electrodes) are placed in strategic places around your chest and limbs. The electrodes are connected to the electrocardiograph via wires.  

3. Your technician will ask you to breathe normally and record your heart's activity. Always make sure you are lying as still as possible so

4. After the test, the electrodes are removed and you can resume normal activities. The whole procedure only takes about 10 minutes.  

5. Your doctor will analyse data and determine if there is any irregularity and discuss if any treatment is needed.  

Results Of An ECG

A normal healthy heart has a consistent and predictable pattern. If your doctor discovers any signs of serious heart problems, you will be notified immediately.  

If your results are normal, your doctor may discuss them with you at your next appointment. The treatment recommended may require additional testing and depends on the specific signs and symptoms.  

Types Of ECG Tests

There are 3 main types of ECG tests. If your symptoms are not consistent and come and go, you may be required to take additional ECG tests.

1. Resting ECG – The test is performed lying down on a bed in a resting position

2. Stress ECG – Test is performed during exercise

3. Holter Monitor (ambulatory ECG) – A small wearable device is worn which monitors heart activity for 24-48 hours. 

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King Street Medical is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

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