The use of electrocardiograms to assess adults at low risk of having heart problems who don't have symptoms is usually not recommended. But if you have a family history of heart disease, your doctor may suggest an electrocardiogram as a screening test, even if you have no symptoms.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a medical test that records the electrical activity of your heart. This test can detect cardiac (heart) abnormalities by measuring the electric activity generated by the heart as it contracts. Your heart sends an electrical impulse (“wave”) with each heartbeat. This wave causes the muscle to squeeze and pump blood from the heart. A normal heartbeat on ECG will show the timing of the top and lower chambers.
An ECG may be recommended if you’re experiencing symptoms or signs that may suggest a heart problem, including:
An ECG can also be performed as a (pre) employment medical exam to:
No special preparations are necessary for a standard electrocardiogram. However, it is recommended to inform us about any medications and supplements you take. These can often affect the results of your test.
Does it hurt?
No, having an ECG does not hurt.