An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a medical test that is performed to check a patient for signs of heart disease. When a physician performs an EKG, they’ll be able to make sure that you have a healthy rate of blood flow to your heart, check the rhythm of your heartbeat for irregularities, and identify any potential symptoms of a heart attack. Here is what you need to know about EKGs:
How does an electrocardiogram work?
An EKG works by monitoring the rate of the electrical impulses that pass through a person’s heart. During the test, the length of time that it takes the waves to move through the heart will be recorded. If your heart’s electrical activity is abnormal in any way, the monitor will be able to pick it up. Once an EKG has been performed, the results will be kept so that your heart activity can be compared over time.
What is it like to receive an electrocardiogram?
EKGs are not dangerous, and the patient should not experience any pain or discomfort while they are being performed. The test itself takes only a few seconds to perform, and the results should be available within 10 minutes in most cases.
How often should an electrocardiogram be done?
The frequency of your EKGs depends largely on your age and the state of your health. Usually, you will have an EKG done when you go in for a routine physical examination. If you are in your 40s or older, it may be recommended that you have an annual EKG to check for signs of high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
Paramount Urgent Care proudly serves all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola and Seminole Counties. We offer electrocardiograms, X-rays, and a wide array of other important medical tests at our urgent care facilities. For more information, please visit our contact us page for a location near you or call 352-674-9218.