Electrocardiogram (EKG) in Prattville, AL
The heart is one of the most important parts of the body. When functioning abnormally, whether due to a rapid heartbeat, skipped beat or any other condition, it can cause long-term health damage. The electrocardiogram (EKG) is a non-invasive test designed to monitor the heart.
Request more information about electrocardiograms today: call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
What is Electrocardiogram (EKG)?
The electrocardiogram, commonly referred to as an EKG or ECG, is a diagnostic test that monitors the heart. This is done by following the electrical impulses that are generated by the heart. These impulses help regulate heart rhythm.
Some of the conditions or problems that might necessitate an electrocardiogram include:
- Chest pain
- Recent heart attack
- Heart disease
- Blocked arteries
- High blood pressure
- Narrowed arteries
- High Cholesterol
- Arrhythmias (heart rhythm issues)
Essentially, nearly any heart-related health problem can be analyzed using an EKG. Sometimes, especially for high-risk patients, an EKG may be performed as party of regular physical or check-up.
How does Electrocardiogram (EKG) Work?
The electrocardiogram (EKG) is a completely non-invasive procedure that causes virtually no discomfort to the patient. During the test:
- 12 to 15 electrodes are attached to the body at specific points.
- These diodes, which are coated in a special conductive gel, transmit electrical information from the heart.
- This information is displayed on a special graph that displays heart rhythm.
After this information is presented, the doctor or technician providing the EKG can analyze it almost immediately. A normal, healthy heart will have a steady rhythmand desplay what is known as a p-qrs complex. A heart suffering from a medical condition may beat more rapidly, slowly or in otherwise unusual manner.
Sometimes electrocardiograms are performed alongside a stress test. This is when a short bout of cardio exercise is performed before the EKG, to give an accurate reading of a heart under stress. EKGs are also useful in monitoring pacemakers and other artificial heart devices, to ensure they are working properly.
Request EKG Information Today
In some cases, the results of an EKG can be provided the same day but it may take longer for others. Request more information about heart health and echocardiograms today: call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
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