Electrocardiogram

Thursday, August 18, 2016

An electrocardiogram is a painless, noninvasive way to diagnose many common types of heart problems. Dr. Edward Hill discusses electrocardiograms in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Each beat of your heart is triggered by an electrical impulse normally generated from special cells in the upper right chamber of your heart. An electrocardiogram also called an ECG or EKG records these electrical signals as they travel through your heart.

Your doctor can use an electrocardiogram to look for patterns among these heartbeats and rhythms to diagnose various heart conditions.

If you have a family history of heart disease, your doctor may suggest an electrocardiogram as an early screening test, even if you have no symptoms.

Your doctor may use an electrocardiogram to detect:

Irregularities in your heart rhythm

If blocked or narrowed arteries are causing chest pain or a heart attack

Structural problems with your hearts chambers

A previous heart attack, and

How well ongoing heart disease treatment, such as a pacemaker, is working

An electrocardiogram is a noninvasive, painless test with quick results. Your doctor may discuss your results with you the same day as your electrocardiogram, or at your next appointment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.