An ECG is a device that is designed to monitor electrical activity in your heart. Initially, these devices were large machines that were only found in hospitals but today, there are much smaller versions that you can use in the comfort of your own home. You may wonder why you need to monitor your heart’s electrical impulses – isn’t that something that only needs to be done for people who suffer heart problems? As a matter of fact, every adult should monitor their heart from time to time. Your heart is a muscle and like all muscles it ages; the older you grow the more closely you need to monitor it. Having an ECG at home allows you to do this without having to make an appointment with your doctor.
An ECG is also useful to have for those who have heart disease running in the family. If you have had several relatives die of heart related issues or if many of them suffer heart problems you may want to keep track of your of your heart’s electrical impulses so that you can see a doctor at the first sign of trouble. Keep in mind that this simple device can warn you of an impending stroke or heart attack – getting to the doctor on time can make the whole difference.
There are many types of ECGs available in the market, so it is up to you to choose one which suits your needs. If you only need it for home use it doesn’t have to be very small, but if you need to take it along with you when you travel you may want to invest in a pocket-sized one. You should look for one that can store data for at least a few weeks allowing you to monitor changes.
Equivital has several such ECG’s and they are all designed to be highly accurate. You can find out more on http://www.equivital.co.uk/.