An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a medical diagnostic test that monitors and records the electrical activity and rhythm of the heart. It is safe and painless, and is one of the most commonly performed test at a heart clinic in Singapore.
An ECG is administered to help heart doctors in Singapore identify the cause of cardiovascular disease symptoms such as chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, dizziness, fast or irregular heartbeats, fainting, and palpitations. Through this, ECGs can help detect arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, heart attacks and cardiomyopathy. ECGs are also performed on people who are predisposed to developing heart disease due to genetics, smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
A Singapore cardiologist will stick electrodes or sensors to the patient’s chest. These sensors are small plastic patches with wires that are connected to an ECG machine. The electrodes are able to identify electric signals that are generated by the heart every time it beats. These electric signals will then be recorded, measured, and interpreted by the doctor from the screen of a monitor or from a piece of paper to learn more about the rhythm and condition of the heart’s patients.
As a simple, accurate and non-invasive test that measures the electrical activity of the heart, its benefits include:
Be sure to inform your cardiologist on any medicines that you may be taking, and keep your chest clean and dry. Sometimes, the skin may be shaved if it obstructs the electrodes from firmly sticking to the skin. Otherwise, an ECG is a very simple test that generally does not require any special preparation beforehand.
You can expect to resume normal activities immediately after. Your doctor may evaluate and discuss your ECG results with you on the spot, and formulate a treatment plan or further testing, if needed.
Ace Cardiology Clinic conducts comprehensive consultations and cardiac examinations, including ECGs. For more information, call 9155 2942 today.
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