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  • An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple, non-invasive test that records the electrical activity of the heart.
  • An ECG can help diagnose certain heart conditions, including abnormal heart rhythms and coronary heart disease (heart attack and angina).
  • A doctor may recommend an ECG if you are experiencing symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness, dizziness, fainting or a feeling of your heart racing, fluttering, thumping or pounding in your chest (palpitations).
  • An ECG can also help monitor how treatments for a heart condition, like medicines or implantable cardiac devices, are working.

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Reviewed on: 09-01-2023