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Everything you need to know about the ECG exam

Do you suffer from high blood pressure? Do you often experience rapid heartbeat? Have you ever had a heart attack or other heart disease in your family? Then it's time for a thorough cardiology examination, and let's start immediately with the ECG!


Cardiological examination in Visegrádi40 Private Hospital
Cardiology examination

The ECG (electrocardiograph) is one of the most frequently performed medical diagnostic tests. It accurately depicts the heart's state based on its electrical activity. This painless, basic cardiology test not only shows the number of heartbeats per minute but also provides information about heart conduction disorders, rhythm disorders, and heart muscle damage; we can get an accurate picture of the state of the heart based on its electrical activity. This painless, basic cardiology test shows the number of heartbeats per minute and provides information about heart conduction disorders, rhythm disorders, heart muscle damage, and the body's current stress level.


Resting ECG examination performed in the office

In cases where symptoms are constantly present, the basic EKG test is performed in the doctor's office. The patient lies on his back, and metal electrodes are attached to his wrists and ankles: 8 electrodes are placed on the chest, and four electrodes are placed on the arms and ankles.

The patient must be at rest because physical activity can modify the ECG curve. During the examination, the patient must not move or talk, as this may affect the accuracy of the measurement.

A standard EKG records the heart's electrical signals for 10 seconds. Even such a short recording is enough to show the ongoing disorder.


Resting ECG examination
Resting ECG examination in the office

But what can we do if the symptoms are not constantly present but return unpredictably? In this case, a short ECG examination is usually insufficient to map the problem. If the symptoms appear intermittently, switch on and off; a 24- or 72-hour Holter ECG test is the solution.


How does a continuous Holter ECG test take place?

The traditional Holter device is a small, portable device attached to a strap and cables, continuously recording the heart's electrical signals for 24, 48, or 72 hours. The electrodes are connected to the chest, and the device - which does not analyze, only records the signals - must be worn throughout the examination. The analysis takes place after returning the device to the doctor's office—the cardiologist searches for abnormalities and hidden problems with the help of a computer.


Traditional Holter ECG examination
Traditional Holter ECG examination

The new generation of Holter tests is Livetec Live ECG. The inconspicuous and convenient cable-free Holter

In Visegrádi40 Private Practice, we perform the Holter test with a new-generation device, which our patient wears unnoticed for 24 or 72 hours. The small device—weighing only 30g—is attached to the chest with patches in the doctor's office. This device works without a cable and does not interfere with movement, sleep, or any everyday activity.


Livetec LiveECG, the convenient and unobtrusive holter
Livetec LiveECG, the convenient and unobtrusive Holter

In case of stubbornly recurring but "random" heart rhythm complaints, fluctuating, strong heartbeat, dizziness, or blurred vision, choose the 24- or 72-hour Holter test from among the cardiology services of the Visegrádi40 Private Practice, for which you will now receive a cardiologist's evaluation as a gift!


We will email you the evaluation and upload it to the EESZT within 2 working days of returning the device. In the specialist evaluation, our cardiologist colleague proposes possible further examination or treatment.












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