The electrocardiogram is an examination designed to record the electrical activity of the heart as the heart beats.
The electrocardiogram is the examination that complements the clinical examination during a consultation with a cardiologist.
Like all muscles, the heart contracts under the influence of successive electrical impulses that can be detected and recorded.
**Why/when do you need an ECG electrocardiogram? **
• In case of chest pain
• To detect arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders)
• To detect other heart problems such as coronary heart failure (blockage of the arteries that supply the heart), the presence of damaged areas in the heart (due to a lack of irrigation or a recent heart attack), dilatation of the heart, etc., the heart should be checked.
• To monitor cardiac activity In the event of known heart disease
• In case of emergency admission for chest pain
• During a preoperative check-up
Duration of hospital stay
The patient will be able to go home after the consultation.
Average length of stay
1 to 2 days.
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The electrocardiogram (ECG) does not require any specific preparation. There are no contraindications to this examination.
The electrocardiogram is a non-invasive and non-painful examination.
The patient lies on his/her back, bare-chested, without a watch or jewelry. The doctor places electrodes on the surface of the skin, on the chest. It is possible to record the difference in "potential" (electrical difference) between two points diametrically opposed to the heart and thus to record the electrical activity of the heart.
To perform an ECG, many electrodes (between 12 and 15) are used, placed on the chest but also on the arms and legs.
If necessary, the skin is first washed and dried, shaved, to allow a better adhesion. The electrodes are fixed with adhesive stamps.
The ECG is most often recorded lying down for 10 minutes, sometimes more. The drawing is done automatically on a roll of paper that unwinds gradually.
The doctor will interpret the plot obtained to detect any anomalies (frequency, nature of the rhythm…). Depending on the results, the doctor may direct the diagnosis and, if necessary, request additional tests such as a stress ECG.
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