Say hello to the electrocardiogram. Commonly called ECG, this electronic monitoring device measures the electrical activity of the heart which it reflects through tracings and waves. An ECG reading of 60-100 heart beats per minute is indicative of a normal, healthy heart. The best thing about the ECG that even the latest and most advanced monitoring devices known in the medical field today is that it can measure and detect irregularities in the cardiac rhythm which indicates impaired functioning of the heart.
Impaired cardiac functioning may be caused by illness, medication use and its side effects, aging, trauma, and congenital problems. ECG results can detect all of these abnormalities with accurate precision. Cardiac irregularities can be attributed to fluctuations in the electrical impulse transmission inside the heart, blocked or narrowed arteries, and the incidence of a myocardial infarction or prior heart attack.
An irregular pulse which is common to people with acute or chronic cardiovascular diseases can also signal unknown underlying conditions. If you are keen on regularly scheduled physical examinations, then your doctor can easily determine if you have problems pertaining to the cardiovascular system by just detecting an irregular pulse.
This condition is one of the many signs of possible heart valve disease, wherein regurgitation of blood flow or stenosis occurs during a cardiac cycle. Regurgitation happens when the blood flows back to the heart instead of toward the arteries. Stenosis on the other hand causes heart valves to fuse together, thus blood flow ends in disarray.
Irregular pulse can also be caused by heart block. This condition happens when the heart literally skips a beat, slows down, and eventually stops. These manifestations are classified into first, second, and third degrees. People with third degree heart block may require an artificial pacemaker in order to regulate and normalize heart beat once more.
It is alright to experience rapid or slow heart rate once in a while especially when you’re in a tight, stressful situation. Having an irregular pulse on the other hand is an entirely different story. So have yourself examined by a health expert regularly in order to rule out, prevent, or stop the progression and complications brought about by having an irregular pulse rate.