Undergoing an EKG is one of the simplest and most effective ways to gain a better understanding of how your heart is functioning. This test is often used in emergency rooms to diagnose heart attacks, but it’s also a very common service offered by cardiologists. By attaching electrodes to your legs, chest, and arms, we can measure how your heart works, both while you exercise and during a period of rest.
If you’re concerned about your heart health or just want to find out how effectively your cardiovascular system is working, an EKG in our office is a simple, painless way to get answers.
During your EKG, the electrodes gather and transmit data, generating a printout of your heart’s activity. This information can help us analyze the rhythm of your heart, look for ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the heart), or diagnose a heart attack. Any abnormalities, such as thickened muscle tissue or electrolyte imbalances, can also be detected. Over time, we can compare the patterns produced during repeated EKGs and see any notable changes.
Depending on the results of your EKG, we might recommend one of several types of devices for you to take home to continue monitoring your heart. Holter monitors, event monitors, and mobile telemetry are some of the tools our cardiologists might use to collect more information about your particular symptoms or condition.