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What is ECG test ? How they test this ?

Is it related to heart?Please explain. Presently, i have to undergo an operation for HALLUX VALGUS correction. Doctor asked to get it done this ECG test.
Thu, 29 Aug 2013
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist 's  Response
Hi,
An ECG, or electrocardiogram, is a heart test commonly carried out prior to surgery. It records the electrical activity of the heart and translates this into a waveform on a print out from the ECG machine. It demonstrates the heart rate and rhythm.
The test involves connecting your arms, legs and chest to many wires and recording the heart over about 30 seconds.
Hope this helps you.
Regards,
Dr K A Pottinger,
MBChB FRCA
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

ECG is recording of the electrical activity of the heart.
Wires from the small machine are placed on a dozen parts in the body and the recording is done in a minute or two. It is often interpreted by the machine itself and reviewed by the doctor. It is done routinely – before any operation, any chest pain and so on. In your case, it is a basic investigation for heart for safe anaesthesia and surgery..

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  User's Response
An ECG is an electrocardiogram. It's a very easy, pain free procedure. They put sensors on your chest and arms and after a few minutes it's all over.
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