Friday, January 1, 2016

What is an EKG and Is It Necessary to Detect Heart Disease

EKG-this is one type of screening test of the heart-humans or animals. It only measures electrical output of the heart, detecting any rhythm changes. It's useful for checking heart rhythm changes due to meds, any allergic reactions or other disease or injuries. It is good to have on occassion by the vet if the cat has known heart disease. Myrna had them on the rare occassion but especailly after her heart attack Sept. 2013. It is NOT a good screening tool to rule out heart disease. If you suspect heart disease, if you want to know about the progression of your pet's heart disease, only an ultrasound is useful (for pet-humans need about six different tests.)

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