Why It Is Done
An exercise Reference electrocardiogram Opens New Window is done to:
- Help find the cause of unexplained chest pain.
- Help decide on the best treatment for a person with Reference angina Opens New Window.
- See how well people who have had a Reference heart attack Opens New Window or heart surgery are able to tolerate exercise.
- Help find the cause of symptoms that occur during exercise or activity, such as dizziness, fainting, or rapid, irregular heartbeats (Reference palpitations Opens New Window).
- Check for a blockage or narrowing of an artery after a medical procedure, such as Reference angioplasty Opens New Window or Reference coronary artery bypass surgery Opens New Window, especially if the person has chest pain or other symptoms.
- See how well medicine or other treatment for chest pain or an irregular heartbeat is working.
- Help you make decisions about starting an exercise program if you have been inactive for a number of years and have an increased chance of having heart disease.
Exercise electrocardiograms are not recommended if you're healthy and have no symptoms of heart disease.Reference 1
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 11, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference George Philippides, MD - Cardiology