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Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) Test

ECG Test in Addis Ababa

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) Test Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) Test

An electrocardiogram records the electrical signals in the heart. It's a common and painless test used to quickly detect heart problems and monitor the heart's health.

Why it's done

An electrocardiogram is a painless, noninvasive way to help diagnose many common heart problems. A health care provider might use an electrocardiogram to determine or detect:

  • Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
  • If blocked or narrowed arteries in the heart (coronary artery disease) are causing chest pain or a heart attack
  • Whether you have had a previous heart attack
  • How well certain heart disease treatments, such as a pacemaker, are working

You may need an ECG if you have any of the following signs and symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or confusion
  • Heart palpitations
  • Rapid pulse
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness, fatigue or a decline in ability to exercise