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What is an EKG?

 

EKG or ECG stands for Electrocardiogram.

 

This is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG shows the heart’s electrical activity as line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the tracings are called waves. The heart is a muscular pump made up of four chambers.

What are the reasons to get an EKG?

In some cases, if you have any risk factors for an enlarged heart such as high blood pressure or symptoms of heart disease (i.e. chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat or heavy heartbeat) an EKG would be necessary.

You might also need this test if you have a personal or family history of heart disease, diabetes or other risks and you want to start an exercise regime.

Did drug use and alcohol damage my heart?

Heavy alcohol use can cause high blood pressure, which in turn can cause heart problems.

The American Heart Association says “many drugs such as cocaine, heroin and various forms of amphetamines, affect the central nervous system and can alter a user’s consciousness”. The effects of these drugs put you at great risk for a heart attack.

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