Screening for Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)
The purpose of screening is to find and treat diseases early. They are given to people who may be at high risk, but who don’t have problems.
There are no screening guidelines for arrhythmias. But, you should have a routine health exam if you're over 50 years old. This will involve checking the health of your heart and its structures.
An EKG records the heart’s electrical activity. It measures how the current moves through the heart muscle. Heart rhythm problems and places where the heart may be damaged can be seen.
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC Last Updated: 1/3/2019