Undergoing an EKG is one of the most simple and effective ways to gain a better understanding of how your heart is functioning. While this test is often used in emergency rooms to diagnose heart attacks, it’s also a very common service offered by cardiologists. By attaching electrodes to your legs, chest, and arms, we can measure how your heart works both while you exercise or during a period of rest.
During your electrocardiogram, the data from each electrode will generate a printout that records your heart’s activity. This information can help to diagnose a heart attack, check the rhythm of your heart, and look for ischemia, poor blood flow to the heart. Abnormalities including thickened muscle tissue or electrolyte imbalances can also be detected. Over time, the patterns produced during your EKG can be compared to see if there are any notable changes.
Depending on the results of your EKG, several types of devices may be appropriate for you to take home to continue monitoring your heart. Holter monitors, event monitors, and mobile telemetry are all different tools your cardiologist might use to obtain more information about your symptoms or condition.
If you’re concerned about your heart health or simply want to ensure that your cardiovascular system is working effectively, consider undergoing an electrocardiogram.