What heart problems can be detected by an EKG?

  • An EKG can reveal an arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm). A healthy heart should be pumping in a steady rhythm.
  • An EKG can reveal if your heart is getting enough oxygen.
  • An EKG can reveal if your heart is enlarged.
  • An EKG can tell you if you’ve had a heart attack in the past.

Can an EKG show heart damage?

Coronary artery disease, also called atherosclerotic heart disease, interferes with how the blood flows – and an EKG can detect this issue. In the case of an enlarged heart, narrowing of the arteries can also be detected.

Should I worry about abnormal EKG?

An abnormal EKG can mean many things. Sometimes an EKG abnormality is a normal variation of a heart’s rhythm, which does not affect your health. Other times, an abnormal EKG can signal a medical emergency, such as a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or a dangerous arrhythmia.

How long does it take to get an EKG done?

How long does the test take? The test usually takes 5 to 10 minutes.

How long does an EKG take to get results?

When will we get the results of the ECG? If your child’s ECG is done as part of a clinic visit, we will give the results to you during that visit. Otherwise, results take 48 to 72 hours; we will fax them to the provider who requested the ECG.

What medications affect EKG?

Some medications that help balance the heart rhythm may actually cause abnormal heart rhythms in some people. Such medications include certain beta-blockers and sodium channel blockers.

Can an EKG detect a stroke?

To help determine the type, location, and cause of a stroke and to rule out other disorders, physicians may use: Blood tests. Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG): An electrocardiogram, which checks the hearts’ electrical activity, can help determine whether heart problems caused the stroke.

When should you get an EKG?

You should probably have an EKG and an exercise stress test if you have symptoms of heart disease, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat, or heavy heartbeats. You may also need the tests if you have a history of heart disease. And you may need these tests if you have diabetes or other risks.

How often should a person get an EKG?

It is important for everyone to start getting heart screenings by the time they are about 20 years of age. It is recommended that they then come back for additional screenings every two to four years.

Why would a nurse order an EKG?

When you go for the test, a nurse or technician will attach about 12 soft, sticky patches to your body. Each patch holds an electrode that monitors your heart’s electrical activity. EKGs help your doctor detect or diagnose a wide variety of heart problems, from irregular heartbeats to heart attack.

Should everyone get an EKG?

An EKG isn’t harmful to a patient, but it also isn’t necessarily helpful. Sometimes an EKG can show mild and nonspecific abnormalities that aren’t caused by heart disease but may still cause the patient to worry and request additional tests that just aren’t necessary.

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