What is it?
There are no screening guidelines specifically for arrhythmias, a disorder of the heart rate (pulse) or heart rhythm, such as beating too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia), or irregularly. However, if you are over the age of 50 and have a history of heart disease, it is recommended that you have an annual check-up, which should include an evaluation of your heart health.
Depending on the outcome of this screening, your doctor may decide to do an electrocardiogram (EKG). The EKG records the heart’s activity by measuring electrical currents through the heart muscle. It can detect damaged areas of heart muscle or an arrhythmia that is occurring at the time of the test.
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.