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An abnormal ekg could be an indication of a serious health problem.
Heart problems have become very common in recent times. The fact that
heart diseases are among the top causes of death around the world is a
clear indication. One of the measures taken to prevent and diagnose the
development of severe heart conditions is the ekg test.
An ekg commonly known as an electrocardiogram is a very important test
used to determine certain conditions pertaining to the heart. The
electrocardiogram measures the electrical signals in the heart. These
electric signals are recorded and interpreted to give a diagnosis.
One of the best ways to know if there is a problem in someone’s heart
is by comparing their ekgs with a normal one. Heart rate is one of the
first things observed while performing the test. The normal rate should
be between 60 and 100 beats per minute. Anything outside that range
should be studied further.
Heart rhythm is also carefully observed when studying a possible
The typical one will show a straight flat line
between the contractions and expansions of the heart. The contractions
and expansions are represented by the spikes and dips. The absence of
the straight flat lines for example could represent a serious heart
Spikes and dips that are unusually pronounced could also
represent a dangerous health situation.
There are many diseases that can be diagnosed by using this method.
Some of them are: congenital heart defect, coronary artery disease,
heart valve disease, heart enlargement, hypertensive heart disease
(caused by a chronic elevation of blood pressure), stroke, diabetes,
heart failure and many more.
The abnormal ekg can show if the heart had suffered any damage. It can
also be used to determine the effects of medications and pacemakers in
the heart. Even when the test can be very helpful it has to be done
under certain conditions to avoid false readings. Some medications can
affect the heartbeat; so you must inform your doctor about every one of
Exercising just before the ekg can alter your heart rhythm as well.
Even simple things like having a low sugar level or drinking cold water
can have a significant effect on the test. Consult with your doctor
about any external factors that could influence the rhythm of your
heart before undergoing the medical examination.
The electrocardiogram is virtually painless. Once the electrodes are
located in your body you will not feel anything at all although some
irritation is possible after removing them.
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