Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) ScanThe electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) scan can detect heart problems early on, allowing your Cardio-Med physician to develop an effective early treatment plan for you. The scan is painless and takes only a few minutes time.
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More on the Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)An electrocardiogram (e-lek-tro-KAR-de-o-gram), EKG (or ECG), is a simple, painless test that records the heart's electrical activity. To understand this heart scan test, it helps to understand how the heart works.
With each heartbeat, an electrical signal spreads from the top of the heart to the bottom. As it travels, the signal causes the heart to contract and pump blood. The process repeats with each new heartbeat. The heart's electrical signals set the rhythm of the heartbeat.
This heart scan test is used to detect and evaluate many heart problems, such as heart attack, arrhythmia (ah-RITH-me-ah), and heart failure. EKG results also can suggest other disorders that affect heart function.
EKGs also are used to monitor how the heart is working.
What Does an Electrocardiogram Show?Many heart problems change the heartís electrical activity in distinct ways. An electrocardiogram (EKG) heart image can help detect a number of heart problems.
EKG recordings can help doctors diagnose a heart attack thatís happening now or has happened in the past. This is especially true if doctors can compare a current EKG heart image recording to an older one.
An EKG also can show:
- Lack of blood flow to the heart muscle
- A heart thatís beating too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm (arrhythmia)
- A heart that doesnít pump forcefully enough (heart failure)
- Heart muscle thatís too thick or parts of the heart that are too big
- Birth defects in the heart (congenital heart defects)
- Problems with the heart valves (heart valve disease)
- Inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart (pericarditis)
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, November 2009