Electrocardiogram (EKG )

Electrocardiogram (EKG )

An EKG is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time using electrodes. These electrodes detect the tiny electrical changes on the skin that arise from the heart muscle’s electrophysiological pattern during each heartbeat. It is a very commonly performed cardiology test.

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    What is involved with an EKG?

    You will change into a medical gown, with the opening in front. You need to take off all jewelry and upper body garments. The Technician will ask you to lay on your back. Please let your Technician know if you have complications lying down. They will attach ten electrodes, one on each upper arm, one on each inner ankle and six on your chest. With the leads connected, they will ask you to lie still without talking. The EKG machine will record the rhythm of your heart for 10 seconds. When this is complete, the Technician will ask you to continue to lie still while they show a practitioner the report. This allows the practitioner to decide if retesting is needed. Once we are sure the test is good, you may move and sit up.

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    Why is an EKG test done?

    An EKG test checks the heart’s electrical activity. It can be used to:

    • Find the cause of unexplained chest pain or pressure.
    • Find the cause symptoms including shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, and palpitations.
    • Find out if the walls of the heart chambers are too thick.
    • Check how well medicines are working and see if they are causing side effects that affect the heart.
    • Check how well mechanical devices that are implanted in the heart, such as pacemakers, are working.
    • Check the health of the heart when other diseases or conditions are present. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, diabetes, and a family history of early heart disease.

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    How can an EKG test help me?

    Gordon Medical primarily uses an EKG to check whether medications or disease are having a negative effect on the heart. An EKG conveys information about the structure of the heart and the function of its electrical conduction system. Among other things, an EKG can be used to measure the rate and rhythm of heartbeats, the size and position of the heart chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart’s muscle cells or conduction system, the effects of drugs, and the function of implanted pacemakers.

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    Do I need a prescription for an EKG test?

    No prescription is needed for an EKG.

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    How often will I need to get an EKG?

    Our practitioners will order an EKG to be done at the start of certain medications or whenever they feel one is necessary for diagnostic evaluation

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    How do I schedule an appointment in the office?

    Appointments can be made Monday through Friday with a Technician.

    Use one of the following options to make an appointment:
    Patient Portal for current patients
    (707) 575-5180

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    How much time does an EKG appointment take?

    An EKG appointment is scheduled for 30 minutes, but the EKG itself only takes 10 seconds to run.

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    How can I prepare for my appointment?

    We ask that you not wear any lotions or oils on your body as this may prevent the electrodes from sticking.

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    Is it safe?

    An EKG is a safe procedure. Rarely, a reaction to the electrode tape may cause redness, rash, or swelling of your skin.