Reasons for EKG
Why EKG is Performed
Alternate Names for EKG:
Reasons for Test
An ECG is used to:
- Diagnose heart attacks and rhythm problems
- Offer clues about other heart conditions and conditions not primarily related to the heart
- Detect conditions that alter the body's balance of electrolytes (eg, potassium and magnesium )
- Detect other problems, such as overdoses of certain drugs
Symptoms that may prompt an ECG include:
- Chest discomfort or pain
- Shortness of breath
- Palpitations (fast heartbeats)
- Nausea or the feeling that you have to vomit
- Abdominal pain
- History of fainting
- Taking certain drugs
An ECG may also be obtained if you:
- Are about to have surgery with general anesthesia -to detect heart conditions that could worsen during surgery and put you at risk
- Are in occupations that stress the heart or where public safety is a concern
- Are an older adult or have diabetes-to obtain a record to compare with future ECGs
- Already have heart disease-to check occasionally for any changes
- Have had a heart-related procedure, such as getting a pacemaker
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.
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