WHAT IS AN ELECTROCARDIOGRAM?
An electrocardiogram, also known as ECG or EKG, records the electrical activity of your heart. It’s a simple, painless test used to quickly detect heart problems and monitor your heart’s health.
WHY IS AN ELECTROCARDIOGRAM PERFORMED?
Your doctor may recommend an electrocardiogram to:
- Check your heart rate and rhythm
- Check if you have had a heart attack or if one is in progress
- Check how well a pacemaker is working
- Detect problems with your heart such as enlargement or thickening of the heart
- Check if there are electrolyte abnormalities
TYPES OF ELECTROCARDIOGRAMS
Other than the standard ECG test, the doctor may recommend the following:
Stress test checks how the heart functions during physical stress and how safe the heart is. The test uses the electrocardiogram to track changes in the electrical activity of the heart. Pictures of the blood flow throughout your heart are taken.
Holter monitor is a portable device for continuous monitoring of the various electrical activities of the cardiovascular system for 1 to 2 days, 24-hours a day. You are asked to maintain a diary of your activity so that the doctor can identify the cause of the symptoms.
Event recorder is similar to a Holter monitor but it only records the electrical activity when symptoms occur. You should try to get a reading by pushing the button of the device any time you note the symptoms.
PREPARING FOR AN ELECTROCARDIOGRAM
- Avoid drinking cold water before your ECG, as it can cause fluctuations in the electrical patterns recorded
- Do not exercise before the test as it can increase your heart rate
- Avoid putting on oils or lotions on your skin as it can keep the electrodes from making contact with your skin
HOW LONG DOES AN ECG TAKE?
The procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
ELECTROCARDIOGRAM AT MANHATTAN MEDICAL ARTS
Manhattan Medical Arts offers electrocardiogram to assess the health of your heart. If you would like a consultation with one of our Board Certified Physicians, please call Manhattan Medical Arts at 645-454-9000. We believe in providing accessible, cost-effective and efficient care that meets the expectations of our clients and strive to maintain the highest standards of safe and quality health care in all our facilities, for all our patients.