An EKG is actually a really quick test with no discomfort involved. You’ll just need to lie down on a table. The technician will place several small electrodes, which are like stickers, on various positions on your arms, legs, and chest. Once the electrodes are in place, he or she will attach them to wires that are hooked up to the EKG machine. The only thing you’ll have to do is lie back and breathe normally. You won’t feel anything and the test takes only 5-10 minutes.
An EKG checks your heart’s electrical activity, so it can be used to help diagnose the cause of chest pain or heart disease. If you’re having a shortness of breath, get dizzy or have fainting spells, or experience heart palpitations — which are all warning signs of heart disease — evaluating your heart’s activity can be beneficial. Or if you have a pacemaker or other heart-regulating mechanical device, an EKG can make sure that it’s working properly.
If you regularly take prescription medications, Dr. Gadh might order an EKG just to ensure those medications aren’t causing any negative heart-related side effects. An EKG is also helpful just for checking the overall health of your heart. You might need one just because you’re getting older or have a family history of heart disease.
Your heart rate should range from 60 to 100 beats per minute. Heartbeats should be consistent and evenly timed. An abnormal heart rate could be warning signs of:
Possibly. Not all problems show up on an EKG. In some cases, you can certainly have other warning signs of developing heart disease, but your EKG is completely normal. Dr. Gadh will take a thorough history of all of your symptoms, check your blood, and order further testing if needed.
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