Rest-ECG (rest-electrocardiogram)

What is a rest-ECG?

The basis for an examination of the heart is the rest-ECG (rest-electrocardiogram). Electrodes attached to the body register the electrical excitation of the heart, which the heart muscle needs in order to work. These electrical currents are recorded and evaluated.

When is a rest-ECG necessary?

An ECG serves to check the stimulation and excitation of the heart. This method is therefore frequently used in order to identify heart rhythm disorders. The doctor can also assess, by means of a rest-ECG, whether the heart is being adequately supplied with blood when the patient is not exerting himself physically. This enables the identification of chronic circulatory disorders. An acute heart attack can also be identified by means of an ECG. A rest-ECG also provides information on changes in the heart muscle (such as thickening) and the pericardium (such as inflammations).

Procedure

The rest-ECG is usually taken in the prone position. Ten electrodes are attached on the skin of the upper body. They are connected to a measuring device, which records various measurement values such as the heart rate per minute, the regularity of the heartbeat (heart rhythm) and the heart excitation. The rest-ECG also provides indications of any change in the supply of blood to the coronary arteries.

The examination is carried out at our clinic on an out-patient basis.

Duration

The measurement takes a few minutes.

Risks

This non-invasive examination is either stressful nor painful for the patient, and involves no risks.

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