What is an ECG?
An electrocardiogram does what it sounds like it does, it measures the electrical activity of your heart. The heart generates electric activity which can be sensed with small electrodes (stickers) attached to your chest.
Why would I need an EKG?
The electrical pattern of the heart gives us clues on the condition of your heart. There are several things an ECGs might show: It can show a heart attack or rhythm abnormality. It can show thickening of heart muscle, and it can give clues on heart problems. It can also be used as a screening tool for patients at higher risk with established heart disease risk factors.
Some symptoms that could indicate the need for an ECG include heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, and weakness.
How is an EKG performed?
An EKG is simple and painless test. Small electrodes (stickers) are placed onto your chest, hooked up to an electronic monitor. The heart impulses are transferred onto a graph, which is then read by the person overseeing your care. It usually takes about a few minutes to perform the test.
How do I know if I need an EKG?
First, if you or anyone you know is having chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness an urgent evaluation is necessary--> Call 911.
If however, a person is only having occasional palpitations, has a family history of heart disease, other risk factors, and wants to learn more about prevention, a screening ECG in is appropriate. Give us a call and we can get you on a path toward better heart health- using nutrition, herbal medicines, in addition to drugs.
For an appointment with one of our doctors, call 360-651-9355.