The ECG is one of the most commonly used heart tests for both cardiac screening and diagnosis. However, it isn’t always the right test in every case. Your doctor can provide personalised advice on whether you should have an ECG, but read on to learn more about when this test may be needed.
The ECG test measures the electrical activity in your heart that controls the way it beats. It can reveal some important information about your cardiac health. The most common reasons for having an ECG are:
Although the ECG can be a useful test for both heart screening and diagnosis, there are limits to what this test can reveal and it isn’t suitable for everyone. Your doctor might recommend a different approach under the following circumstances:
It is important to ensure that you are getting the right screening tests so that you get the best insight into your health and avoid having any unnecessary tests. Although the ECG is completely safe and painless, it is best not to have more tests than you need as you could endure extra anxiety without gaining anything from the results.