What an EKG Can Tell You About Your Heart
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: July 19, 2019
“You need an EKG” – It’s a commonly heard phrase here at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates. We have so many varied patients we never really know just how much knowledge of the medical field each has so we may neglect to fully explain reasons behind tests sometimes.
Today we would like to look at the EKG (Electrocardiogram) also sometimes called an ECG. It is a test that helps analyze the hearts electrical activity. The test takes only 10 minutes or so and includes a technician attaching twelve leads to your chest in the area of the heart to get a readout from each individual line. It measures for a ten second period of time.
What can these lead lines reveal?
An EKG can show if you have a heart arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). When healthy your heart pumps steadily. If there is a dysfunction in electrical signals being fired it can cause an abnormal heartbeat.
An EKG can show if you have experienced a heart attack – While heart attacks generally will cause significant pain and you readily suspect you are having a heart attack, in as many as 45% of cases there are no symptoms at all. You may not even realize it is or has happened. That is what is known as a silent heart attack.
It may not be found unless you have an EKG which sill show your doctor any blockage in your coronary artery which could lead to future events.
An EKG will show heart enlargement – When healthy, your heart is about the size of your fist. Some medical conditions will cause the heart to grow larger, stretching the muscle making it weaker. Causes may include unregulated high blood pressure, aging, heart failure, heart disease, and viral infections.
An EKG can show if you are getting enough oxygen to the heart – Your heart requires oxygen to function properly and stay strong. If your heart experiences ischemia (lack of oxygen for a prolonged time) it can begin to die. This leads to heart failure and even possibly death.
EKG’s are an important diagnostic tool for Cardiologists. It’s an easy quick test to administer and can help your physician get a more full picture of what is going on with your heart.
We hope this gives you a better understanding of what an EKG is and why one may be recommended.
If you are looking for a great team of cardiologists right here in the Tampa Bay, Florida area give us a call and make an appointment today! (813) 975-2800. www.tampacardio.com.
Posted by: Tampa Cardio