Often referred to as an ECG or EKG, an electrocardiogram records electrical signals in the heart. This test is used to detect heart problems and monitor the heart's health quickly. EKG machines are often found in a physician’s office, hospital room, or ambulance. Technology innovations have also woven this valuable tool into personal devices like smartwatches to monitor heart levels.
An electrocardiogram is used to detect conditions like arrhythmias and coronary artery disease, whether you’ve had a previous heart attack, and how certain treatments, like a pacemaker, are working. A physician would recommend an EKG test if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Rapid pulse
- Shortness of breath