A 12-lead ECG provides information on a variety of heart diseases. Past or acute heart attacks will be seen in the ECG. The 12-lead ECG is able to confirm cardiac arrhythmia extremely effectively. In addition to a physical examination, the ECG is for cardiologists the primary examination method.

Stress ECG (Ergometry)

The Stress ECG serves to diagnose circulatory disturbances in the coronary arteries, which only occur during or shortly after physical exertion. The Stress ECG is a basic examination made when coronary heart disease is suspected. Under physical stress, the heart rate will be increased over a ten-minute period to a predefined, age-dependent target level. The taking of beta blockers should therefore – after consultation with your doctor – be paused. During the examination, the ECG will record and measure the blood pressure at the end of each stage of the stress test. Should the patient suffer complaints, the test can be immediately halted: The need to stop the test is a clear sign of disturbed blood flow in the ECG, certain forms of cardiac arrhythmia and an overly-high increase in the blood pressure.

Long-term ECG

Used in the diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia. Shows the heart rate behavior over the day and during the night. With a long-term ECG, the ECG can be continually recorded over a period of 24 or 48 hours; or for a maximum of 7 days. Long-term ECGs are primarily carried out to diagnose cardiac arrhythmia.