A recent study shows that calling an ecG technician may help avoid costly emergency care and improve your overall health, according to the Canadian Association of Medical Toxicologists.
The results of a survey of 609 people showed that those who call an ECG technician are 10 percent less likely to be hospitalized or die of heart disease and 7 percent less prone to having a life-threatening heart attack, according the American Heart Association.
The survey also found that calls for ECG treatment were linked to improved heart health, compared with those who did not call an ambulance or go to a doctor.
The American Heart Society recommends that anyone who wants to seek emergency treatment from a doctor should call an emergency medical services clinic.
If they cannot call an EMT or EMT-certified nurse, they should go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.
The EMT will be able to determine if the person is in need of an ECg treatment, according Dr. Gary Lichtman, a senior emergency physician at the University of California, San Francisco.
In a recent editorial, the Association of American Medical Colleges noted that ECG technicians may be less likely than doctors and nurses to respond to emergency calls.
However, Lichtmans editorial added that ECGs are often used to treat mild symptoms, such as headaches, and often are helpful in preventing a patient from developing a heart attack.
The Association of Australian Medical Colleges wrote in a 2016 paper that ECgs may be used to improve blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation.
But its researchers found that ECg use is linked to the development of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation.
ECg technicians are not licensed to perform heart tests, and many are not certified to do that.