Electrocardiogram (EKG)

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a valuable diagnostic tool for primary care doctors to assess the electrical activity of the heart. It records the heart’s rhythm and can help identify various cardiac conditions.

An EKG (Electrocardiogram) can diagnose various heart-related problems, including:

  1. Arrhythmias: EKG can detect irregular heart rhythms.
  2. Coronary artery disease: It can show signs of reduced blood flow to the heart muscle, indicating potential blockages in the coronary arteries.
  3. Heart attacks (Myocardial Infarctions): EKG can identify changes in the heart’s electrical activity caused by a heart attack.
  4. Enlargement of the heart: EKG may reveal if the heart’s chambers are enlarged due to conditions like cardiomyopathy or hypertension.
  5. Valve problems: Certain EKG patterns can suggest issues with heart valves, like stenosis or regurgitation.
  6. Pericarditis: EKG can help diagnose inflammation of the sac around the heart, known as
    pericarditis.

Remember that while EKGs are a crucial tool, they are only one part of cardiac assessment. Consult with specialists and utilize other diagnostic methods as needed to provide comprehensive care to your patients.

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