Resting ECG

A resting ECG records the strength and direction of the electrical impulses that make your heart beat.

Benefit

A resting ECG helps identify if there is any enlargement of the heart, evidence of a prior heart attack, or slowing or blockage in the bundles of nerves that carry the electricity to the heart muscle. It also checks for rhythm abnormalities, the most common being atrial fibrillation.

Procedure

The Resting ECG is typically carried out as a baseline test, the first time you are seen in the Executive Health & Wellbeing Plan. It is then repeated every every 3-5 years, or more often if you already have heart disease, significant risk factors such as high blood pressure, or a strong family history of heart disease. In contrast to an exercise ECG or stress test, which determines whether you might have blockages in your arteries, the Resting ECG is recorded while you are lying down. After the procedure, your doctor will discuss the findings with you, and arrange for additional testing if necessary. Your doctor may also discover minor abnormalities of no clinical significance, in which case no further action will be needed.

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