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Can an EKG tell if your heart is healthy?
An EKG can show if your heart is beating at a normal rate and strength. It also helps show the size and position of your heart’s chambers. An abnormal EKG can be a sign of heart disease or damage.
Can EKG detect all heart problems?
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to assess the heart rate and rhythm. This test can often detect heart disease, heart attack, an enlarged heart, or abnormal heart rhythms that may cause heart failure.
Can a EKG detect a blockage?
An ECG Can Recognize the Signs of Blocked Arteries. Since the test identifies anomalies of heart rhythm, impaired blood flow to the heart, otherwise known as ischemia, says WebMD, can also be identified.
What conditions does an EKG detect?
You may have an EKG as part of a routine exam to screen for heart disease. This test also is used to detect and study heart problems such as heart attacks, arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, and heart failure. Results from this test also may suggest other heart disorders.
What are 3 reasons a person would get an EKG?
Why might I need an electrocardiogram?
- To look for the cause of chest pain.
- To evaluate problems which may be heart-related, such as severe tiredness, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting.
- To identify irregular heartbeats.
What is the symptoms of heart enlargement?
Symptoms of an enlarged heart
- breathing problems.
- shortness of breath.
- irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- heart palpitations.
- fluid retention.
Should I worry about an abnormal EKG?
An abnormal EKG can mean many things. Sometimes an EKG abnormality is a normal variation of a heart’s rhythm, which does not affect your health. Other times, an abnormal EKG can signal a medical emergency, such as a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or a dangerous arrhythmia.
Why would an EKG be ordered?
Your doctor may order an EKG for a number of reasons. He or she may order the test to see if you have heart disease or heart damage. An EKG can be used to see if medications are affecting your heart. Your doctor also may use an EKG to check on any implanted heart equipment (a pacemaker, for example) you have.
Why would a doctor do an EKG?
Your doctor may use an electrocardiogram to determine or detect: Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmias) If blocked or narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) are causing chest pain or a heart attack. Whether you have had a previous heart attack.
Can heart enlargement be cured?
Depending on the condition, an enlarged heart may be temporary or permanent. An enlarged heart may be treatable by correcting the cause. Treatment for an enlarged heart can include medications, medical procedures or surgery.
Can enlarged heart go back to normal?
Some people have an enlarged heart because of temporary factors, such as pregnancy or an infection. In these cases, your heart will return to its usual size after treatment. If your enlarged heart is due to a chronic (ongoing) condition, it usually will not go away.
Is an abnormal EKG always bad?
An abnormal EKG does not necessarily indicate life-threatening heart disease or any heart disease at all, for that matter. In fact, EKGs can be abnormal for many reasons, and a cardiologist is most qualified to figure out why.