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Oakpark Pet Hospital

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

We use electrocardiography to measure and evaluate the electrical activity of the heart to diagnose potential heart conditions your pet may suffer from.

Overview

Electrocardiography, also referred to as ECG, is a diagnostic tool used to measure the electrical activity of the heart. The recorded measurements are then reviewed by a cardiologist to screen for or monitor any heart conditions.

Why would my pet need electrocardiography?

If your pet is having heart-related health issues, diagnostic tools such as an ECG can be used to help diagnose the problem and provide direction to your doctor as to treatment options.

When would my pet need electrocardiography?

Our doctors may recommend an ECG if they hear that your pet has a heart murmur during an exam, if we are planning to schedule anesthesia for your senior pet, or if they are experiencing any symptoms of heart-related conditions.

How does electrocardiography work?

Veterinarians use ECG testing to evaluate your pet's heart. This is non-invasive and safe with no risk of radiation exposure, and only takes a few minutes. They’re performed typically with the pet lying down on a padded table.

The ECG is an effective tool that measures the electrical efficiency of the heart. It’s commonly used to evaluate the heart rhythm, identify abnormalities in the heartbeat, and potential damage to the heart muscle and tissue.