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What are tests that help doctors check for heart rhythm disorders?

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When your doctor checks you for heart rhythm disorders, he may give you a few tests, such as:

An electrocardiogram (EKG) will track and record your heart's rhythm to find out the type of disorder you have.

Your doctor might also recommend an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart.

In more serious cases, you might be tested with electrodes placed inside the heart, called an electrophysiologic study.

SOURCES:

Kenneth Ong, MD, associate chief of cardiology, director of Cardiology Fellowship Program, director of Cardiac Noninvasive Imaging Laboratory, Brooklyn Hospital Center. William G McDonald, MD, FAAEM, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Kathryn L. Hale, MS, PA-C, medical writer, eMedicine.com. Alan D Forker, MD, program director of cardiovascular fellowship, professor of medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine.

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, senior pharmacy editor, eMedicine.

Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, attending doctor, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Kenneth Ong, MD, associate chief of cardiology, director of Cardiology Fellowship Program, director of Cardiac Noninvasive Imaging Laboratory, Brooklyn Hospital Center. William G McDonald, MD, FAAEM, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Kathryn L. Hale, MS, PA-C, medical writer, eMedicine.com. Alan D Forker, MD, program director of cardiovascular fellowship, professor of medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine.

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, senior pharmacy editor, eMedicine.

Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, attending doctor, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 24, 2017

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