ECGs at Westridge Medical are often performed to monitor the health of people diagnosed with heart problems. An ECG helps to assess artificial cardiac pacemakers or to monitor the effects of certain medications on one’s heart.
If you have suffered from symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting or fast or irregular heartbeats (palpitations), then you should see your GP, you may need an ECG.
An electrocardiogram is commonly used to detect heart problems and monitor the heart in different situations. An ECG is a routine and painless cardiac investigation, providing results very quickly. Depending on the circumstances it can detect the presence of an arrhythmia, a restriction of blood flow, the effect of drugs and even the presence of an electrical disturbance that could be affecting your heart’s function.
The electrocardiograph records the electrical activity of the heart muscle and displays this data as a trace on a screen or on paper. This data is then interpreted by a medical practitioner.
An ECG is a quick and non-invasive routine test. Here’s what you can expect from an ECG:
After your doctor at Westridge Medical Toowoomba has completed your ECG, the results may be reviewed by a Cardiologist to determine if any medications or treatments are required to improve your heart’s condition. A follow up test maybe required, depending on your initial results.
Keeping your heart healthy is something you can work on every day! Eating well, sleeping well and exercising all contribute to a healthier heart!