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What is an electrocardiogram (ecg) used for?

What is an electrocardiogram (ecg) used for?

Check your heart: An ekg (ECG) collects information about how the electrical impulse that maintains your heart rate is transmitted through your heart. It not only shows the rate of your hearbeat and its regularity or lack of, but can also give information about the size and strength of the chambers of your heart and sometimes about whether the heart muscle has been damaged, is receiving enough blood, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more


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How often must people get an electrocardiogram (ecg)?

How often must people get an electrocardiogram (ecg)?

ECG: Once you have a baseline ecg, you really only need others for changes in status. If nothing new appears to be going on to evaluate, you don't really need another one. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having an exercise electrocardiogram (ecg)?

What are the risks of having an exercise electrocardiogram (ecg)?

Very safe: If exercise is going to make you seriously sick, it'll happen where they'll probably be able to resuscitate you -- disease discovered would have caught up with you soon enough without anyone on-scene to help. But mostly -- congratulations on considering a fitness screen -- my hope is that it'll inspire you to exercise to your maximum as often as you can. ...Read more

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Can EKG or ECG show chest inflammation ?

Can EKG or ECG show chest inflammation ?

No: An ECG monitors the electrical impulses/conduction of the heart. It does not monitor or diagnose chest inflammation. There are many organs/tissues within the thoracic cavity, so I'm not sure what you mean by chest inflammation. ...Read more

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EKG says "Borderline ECG" and "probable left atrial enlargement." Is this anything of concern?

I do not know: Your dr. who knows you best, will take that reading and compare it to your overall physical condition, and most likely it will be fine, but they need to discuss it with you to be sure. ...Read more

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I had an ekg and ecg 2 years ago all normal, would this have detected any blockages in my arteries? I am 32 years old

I had an ekg and ecg 2 years ago all normal, would this have detected any blockages in my arteries? I am 32 years old

ECG: the ECG doesn't detect coronary artery lesions that aren't causing a problem. If you are concerned about your arteries work with your doc, eat a Mediterranean diet, get regular aerobic exercise, don't smoke and stay on the program. ...Read more