Electrocardiogram (ECG) - Coastal Cardiology

ecg-600x400This basic non-invasive test involves putting stickers on the surface of the chest and limbs to record electrical activity within the heart. It can be extremely useful in diagnosing a variety of cardiological problems, such as arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms), heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy) and evidence of ischaemic heart disease. However, rather like a camera it only provides a ‘snapshot’ at that moment in time, and sometimes it is necessary to have a longer period of heart rhythm recording. An ambulatory ECG, sometimes known as a holter monitor, can be fitted for 1 – 7 days to gain more information if needed.