ECG is a safe procedure to detect heart problems


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal A national workshop on heart diseases was held at Hotel Jehanuma Palace on Sunday. The heart specialists said even today ECG is the first and easy test for heart diseases although today we have modern and advanced techniques like radio frequency ablation. The national symposium on ECG was organized under the aegis of Association of Physicians of India. Inaugurating the meet, MP Alok Sanjar said the physicians must participate in such workshops so that they may get latest information about ECG and treat the patients in better way. Dr. Amit Vora from Mumbai said the electrocardiogram or ECG is used to check for signs of heart disease. It’s a test that records the electrical activity of the heart through small electrode patches that a technician attaches to the skin of patient’s chest, arms, and legs. Dr. Vora said ECGs are quick, safe, and painless. With this test, the doctor is able to check patient’s heart rhythm, see if he has poor blood flow to his heart muscle and diagnose a heart attack. He said today modern and advanced techniques are available for the treatment of heart diseases including radio frequency ablation, ICD pacemaker etc. Organizing Chairman Dr. PC Manoria said ECG is a very useful test for heart diseases. All over the world when a patient of heart attack is admitted in a hospital the ECG test is conducted to ascertain if he has suffered a heart attack. The ECG is used to check on things that are abnormal, such as thickened heart muscle. After this the blocked arteries are opened with the help of medicines or angioplasty. Dr. Manoria said the treatment technique is very simple but reading ECG is not easy and it takes years to gain expertise in reading ECG. He said ECG can be performed at any place and has no side effect and is safe even for pregnant women. Organizig secretary Dr. Pankaj Manoria said an ECG is a medical test that detects heart problems by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts. He said ECGs from healthy hearts have a characteristic shape. If the ECG shows a different shape it could suggest a heart problem. Dr. Manorial said a doctor may recommend an ECG for people who may be at risk of heart disease because there is a family history of heart disease, or because they smoke, are overweight, have diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.