Does an ECG pick up on every heart problem?
Like could it miss anything like arrhythmias or other electrical problems?
- STEPHENLv 71 year ago
- friendLv 41 year ago
yes if you're doing a one off reading, it can miss things like angina which can be brought on by stress/exercise. People sometimes do stress tests where the ECG is done when they are exercising etc, or sometimes people have it on for a day or two to record the readings over a period of time
- MurzyLv 71 year ago
Possibly. Remember that a human has to read it.
- FunnelwebLv 71 year ago
An ECG (Americans call it an EKG) is only part of a cardiac assessment and won't pick up every heart problem.
It will pick up up an arrhythmia or other electrical problem if it is actually happening while the ECG is actually being done.
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- PippinLv 71 year ago
It could 'miss' transient problems that are not occurring when the test is being done.
Sometimes the doctor would recommend a Halter Monitor, which is worn for 24-48 hours, and is able to catch this sort of issue.