Let’s start by explaining that an EKG is what you probably know as an electrocardiogram, which is basically a test designed to record the electrical activity of the heart. Yes, your heart produces electric waves that allow it to pump blood to all your body. So, the test consists in attaching electrodes through your body skin that help to measure those waves.
Now we know what’s an EKG, but why you might need one? If your physician thinks that your heart arteries may be narrowed or blocked, or you have a heart arrhythmia or any other problem on your heart structure that may cause chest pain on a heart attack, an EKG could be the obvious step to take in order to know what’s going on.
Basically, we are talking about one of the greatest tools for doctors to diagnose:
- Heart attack
- Cause of chest pain, shortness of breath
- Damaged heart muscle
- Different heart conditions
- Conditions no related with your heart
An EKG is also used to follow up patients who have had cardiac procedures, birth conditions that should be evaluated periodically. Now, if you are diabetic, your doctor could tell you if you need an EKG.
If you already know you will have an EKG, you can expect the electrodes we mentioned before to be placed on your chest, legs and arms. During the entire test the waves registered by the electrocardiogram will be recorded on a monitor that will show a graphic and the technician will tell you exactly what to do and what not to do.
As always, the most important part of this is to be honest and direct with your doctor and yourself. Once you experiment discomfort, pain or any kind of issues that you think are related with your heart, don’t wait to consult your physician. A first visit would help your doctor to determine if you may need an EKG or any other test.
There is no need to wait until things get difficult. When we talk about health, prevention is the key. Remember, at Hallandale Medical Center you health is our priority. Call us to know more 954.DOCTORS (362.8677)