HOW IS AN ELECTROCARDIOGRAM DONE?
The test involves putting some electrodes on your chest, arms and legs.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU HAVE AN ELECTROCARDIOGRAM?
You should have an ECG every time you develop any chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations or you feel dizzy or you have had a collapse.
CAN A CARDIOLOGIST COMBINE ECG WITH OTHER CARDIAC TESTS?
Yes, and this is often a very recommendable practice.
- During the Exercise Stress Test, the ECG measures the electrical activity of your heart. A Cardiologist can detect any electrical changes in your heart’s activity when you walk on a treadmill.
- An Electrocardiogram can detect heart rhythm abnormalities. Therefore, it is also used during the stress echocardiogram in order to make sure that there are no blocked arteries.
- As an alternative, you can have a 24-hour Holter monitor. This is able to record the electrical activity of your heart for 24 hours.