EKG Services

What is an EKG?
EKG is a non-invasive diagnostic test which is conducted to establish and record your heart’s electrical activity.  An EKG may also be known as an ECG or electrocardiogram. It serves to show how fast your heart is beating and whether your heartbeat is regular or irregular, slow or rapid.

Who needs an EKG?
Any individual exhibiting the following symptoms is a prime candidate for receiving an EKG:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Rapid Pulse
  • Feeling Weak

EKG services will equip your urgent care provider with the information they need to correctly diagnose whether you have experienced a heart attack or any underlying heart condition. It can assist in differentiating between an angina attack and a heart attack.

An EKG also can help in diagnosing if you have any structural issues in your heart or even if you suffer from other heart issues such as cardiac arrhythmia or any heart disease.

An EKG may also be issued right before surgery to verify if your heart is healthy enough to withstand the operation or even to monitor a preexisting heart condition.

What happens during an EKG Test?
During an EKG, 10 electrode patches are placed on your arms, legs and chest area.  These electrode patches are just stickers with tabs that are then connected to an electrocardiograph machine that then relays your heart’s electrical activity. If you have a lot of hair on your chest, spots may need to be shaved before the electrodes are attached to your skin to get a good connection.  A typical test may last between 5 to 10 minutes, is pain free, and non-invasive.  The electrodes are attached to the EKG machines that plot your heart’s electrical activity in a graph.

Interpreting your EKG Results
EKG services will be looking for the following:

  • How fast your heart is beating
  • Whether the rhythm of your heartbeat is steady or irregular
  • The strength and timing of the electrical signals passing through each part of your heart

We are equipped and trained to diagnose and carry out early detection of heart conditions, which is the key to preventing irreversible heart damage. These diagnostic results, coupled together with your age and preexisting medical conditions, form the base upon which we will formulate your treatment plan and whether you need referred to a cardiologist for further evaluation and treatment.