ECG

Written by: 
Dr Roger Henderson

An electrocardiogramA tracing of the electrical activity of the heart. (ECGAbbreviation for electrocardiogram, a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart to help in the diagnosis of heart disease.) is a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart. This can help to detect problems such as abnormal heart rhythms.

It is important to have an ECGAbbreviation for electrocardiogram, a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart to help in the diagnosis of heart disease. done because abnormal heart rhythms (for example, atrial fibrillationA common abnormal heart rhythm causing a rapid, irregular pulse and failure of the upper chambers of the heart (atria) to pump properly. Abbreviated to AF.) can predispose people to having a stroke. An ECGAbbreviation for electrocardiogram, a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart to help in the diagnosis of heart disease. can therefore help to determine the underlying cause of the stroke and guide preventative measures against additional strokes.

Furthermore, heart attacks (also known as myocardial infarctions; learn more about heart attacks) are common in people who have had a stroke Any sudden neurological problem caused by a bleed or a clot in a blood vessel. - and an ECGAbbreviation for electrocardiogram, a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart to help in the diagnosis of heart disease. is highly valuable in detecting a heart attackThe death of a section of heart muscle caused by an interruption in its blood supply. Also called a myocardial infarction..[1]

References: 
  1. Khaja AM and Grotta JC. Established treatments for acuteHas a sudden onset. ischaemic stroke. Lancet 2007; 369: 319-30.