The resting electrocardiogram is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart.
The heart is a muscular organ which pumps blood through rhythmic contractions induced by electric impulses generated by the sinus node, the heart’s natural pacemaker.
Normally, the electric impulses cross the heart, which contracts approximately 60 – 80 times per minute at rest. Each contraction of the ventricles represents one heartbeat.
The resting ECG is a simple, quick and painless test. The resting ECG can detect certain heart conditions such as hypertrophy of heart, ischemia, myocardial infarction, sequelae of myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, etc. The test takes about 5 minutes and no preparation is necessary.
During the ECG, you are lying on your back and several small electrodes are placed on your arms, legs and chest. Some aqueous gel is used allowing for adhesion to the skin. The recording takes a few seconds and then the electrodes are removed. No discomfort is felt and you can resume your normal activities immediately after the test.
Resting ECGs performed at Physimed Health Group are intepreted by our doctors or our experienced cardiologists.
If you have a prescription for a resting ECG, you can call 514 747-8185 to book an appointment. We will quickly forward your results to your physician.