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EKG Assessment for your Heart Rhythm and Health



EKG Assessment for your Heart Rhythm and Health

Your heart has electrical systems that help control the heartbeat rhythm and rate; therefore, a healthy heart means the proper functioning of your body. However, if a problem starts in your electrical system, it may be hard to detect. Usually, you will need Rockville EKG. An electrocardiogram test is painless and fast in detecting any problems your heart may be having. Read on to learn more.

What is an electrocardiogram?

This painless test involves recording the signals in your heart to quickly check for any heart problems or monitor the health of your heart. It is commonly known as EKG or ECG. An electrocardiogram may help detect:

·                     Irregular heart rhythm

·                     If coronary artery disease may be causing a heart attack or chest pain

·                     The effectiveness of specific treatments of heart diseases.

·                     Whether you have had a heart attack before

How do you know you may need an EKG?

Your doctor may suggest an electrocardiogram if you show the signs and symptoms below:

·                     Heart palpitations

·                     Chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue

·                     Dizziness or lightheadedness

·                     Rapid pulse

Your doctor may also suggest the test if your family medical history shows a heart disease, even if you may not show any symptoms. An EKG can also detect if you have symptoms that come and go.

What can you expect during an electrocardiogram procedure?

Before the procedure, you may need to discuss and ask any questions you may have; you should inform your doctor about your current prescriptions or any supplements. You can also tell your doctor if you may have a pacemaker. Your doctor may recommend specific preparation tips based on your condition. During the procedure, your doctor may ask you to take off jewelry and clothing, and they will cover you, leaving only the necessary skin. You may then have to lay still on a bed or table so you won’t interfere with the tracing. Your doctor may then attach electrodes to your chest, legs, and arms and connect lead wires to the electrodes. After the two attachments, your doctor will start the EKG, which takes a short time to trace. Your doctor may disconnect the leads and remove the electrodes once the procedure is complete.

What happens after an ECG?

You may continue your daily activities after the procedure unless otherwise. Your doctor may give you the results, and they can provide the following details:

·                     Heart rhythm

The EKG test can help detect any irregular heartbeat which may result from improper functioning of your heart’s electrical system.

·                     Heart rate

An EKG may help check if your heart rate may be too fast or very slow, or irregular.

·                     Heart attack

Your EKG may show whether you may have had a previous heart attack or have one currently. The EKG has patterns that can help determine the damaged part of your heart and the extent.

·                     Changes in heart structure

Your test may also give clues about heart defects or other heart problems like an enlarged heart.

The EKG is a safe procedure as there are no electrical shock risks.

If you want to learn more about an electrocardiogram, call Quality Primary Care or make your online appointment.


Identifying The First Symptoms Of A Brain Tumour



Identifying The First Symptoms Of A Brain Tumour

In simple terms, a brain tumour is a growth within the brain and it shouldn’t be there. While research is ongoing to identify what causes brain tumours and how to prevent them, early diagnosis is essential to increase your likelihood of survival.

It is worth noting that approximately 2,000 people are diagnosed in Australia every year with a malignant brain tumour. That’s the more aggressive and dangerous type, such as brain cancer. Of these, approximately 1,500 die.

While early diagnosis and a visit to a good neurosurgeon is essential to increase your chances of survival. You should note that how fast a brain tumour grows can vary greatly. It depends on the type of tumour, where it is, and your metabolism.

There are a variety of signs that you may have a brain tumour. If you’re experiencing the following you’ll want to see a specialist as soon as possible. However, don’t panic, a brain tumour is only one answer, these symptoms can point to other issues.

  • Headaches

If you start getting regular headaches and don’t usually suffer from these, or if your usual headache pattern changes, you may have a brain tumour: especially if they are a lot worse than usual.

  • Vision Problems

Combine the headaches with vision issues and you’re increasing the likelihood of a brain tumour. The most common vision problems are double vision or blurred vision. You can also lose your peripheral vision.

  • Balancing issues

If your brain isn’t functioning normally due to abnormal cells creating pressure it can result in difficulty balancing. This can be compounded by difficult hearing things you normally can.

  • Difficulty with speech

Equally, pressure on your brain can distort the connections with other parts of your body, including the area that controls speech. This complication does depend on where the tumour is but if you suddenly notice you’re struggling to form the right words and sentences you may have a brain tumour.

  • Fatigue & confusion

As your brain is under pressure and your body finds it more difficult to complete everyday tasks, it’s highly likely that you’ll start to feel tired a lot of the time. Confusion is also common as you may struggle to identify where you are, what you were doing, or deal with other everyday events. 

  • Behavioural changes

Your brain is the centre of who you are. If it is struggling or experiencing pressure that prevents it from working properly, you are likely to behave and react differently. These behavioural and personality changes may be more noticeable to others first. It’s important to get these checked out as soon as possible as there can be many causes.

  • Seizures

These generally happen as the tumour grows and starts to cut off blood supply to parts of the brain. A seizure is frightening and a warning that your brain is struggling.

If you’re experiencing the above symptoms it is important to get help as soon as possible. It will help to understand what is wrong with you and you can go through the treatment options.

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