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Tags: EKG | atrial fibrillation | heart screening

Should You Get Yearly EKG?

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 04:38 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I was counseled to have an electrocardiogram to look for an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation — a condition where the heart beats so fast that it quivers.

Atrial fibrillation can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, and congestive heart failure. It also increases the risk of stroke.

Atrial fibrillation can be easily diagnosed by checking the pulse at the wrist or listening to the heart rhythm with a stethoscope.

A screening electrocardiogram costs around $50. It is much more cost-effective to diagnose atrial fibrillation by performing a physical exam.

There are zero studies that show a routine electrocardiogram saves lives. Screening with a routine EKG will just drive up healthcare costs.

Should you get a yearly screening EKG? If you have no cardiac complaints and the healthcare provider has not given you a good reason for performing an EKG, the answer is absolutely not.

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