Understanding the Uses of Electrocardiography

Stethoscope on ecg

Electrocardiography, also known as EKG or ECG, is a method of recording the heart’s activity for your doctor or cardiologist to examine. As the heart beats, the muscle fibers within it create an electrical signal which travels from the top of the heart to the bottom. By measuring these electrical signals, your doctor can learn more about your heart and how it is functioning.

What Does an Electrocardiogram Show?
An electrocardiogram offers a completely noninvasive way for your doctor to study your heart’s function. Your heartbeats are recorded and shown on a monitor, which tells your doctor how fast your heart is beating, how regular its beats are, and how strong each beat is. Thus, your doctor can easily identify irregularities in your heartbeat or problems with the mechanism of contraction. If your heart is beating unevenly or at poorly-timed intervals, it is an indication that care is needed to return it to a healthy pattern of beating.

Why Do You Need an Electrocardiogram?
If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, or fatigue, your doctor may perform an electrocardiogram to check your heart’s function. In addition, if you experience fluttering, pounding, or racing heartbeats, an electrocardiogram can quantify the problem. Electrocardiograms may be used as a preventive measure to screen for early signs of heart disease that may not be otherwise detectable. If you have a family history of heart disease or are at higher risk for developing problems, your health care provider may suggest an electrocardiogram to establish your current cardiac health. Other uses of electrocardiography include screening or monitoring before and after surgical procedures or as a check to examine how medication or an implanted device is affecting your heart.

If you have questions about your heart or your health, contact the Cardiac Solutions heart clinic of Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West & Avondale by calling (623) 876-8816. We proudly provide comprehensive heart care through a team approach promoting cooperation between your doctor, your nurses, and your cardiologist. Check out our blog to learn more about your heart and how it works. 

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