What Does an EKG Reveal About the Heart?

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An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. If you haven’t had an EKG test before, you might be wondering why this matters. The professionals at Concierge Medicine of Columbus use an EKG to diagnose problems with your heart's rhythm and function. It's also useful for people who are worried they might have symptoms of a heart attack, such as chest pain or abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia).

Sometimes, even the simplest diagnostic tests can save a life. If you have a chronic heart condition or suspect an issue with your heart in Columbus or Macon, GA, or Montgomery or Birmingham, AL, call a member of our team for an immediate evaluation. We can make sure your heart is in good shape. Read on to learn more about how an EKG can reveal some potential health concerns.

What’s an electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram is a diagnostic test that uses electrodes (plastic patches that stick to your skin) to evaluate the heart. No need to worry – there’s no pain or discomfort associated with this test. Electrodes are usually placed on areas like the chest, legs, and arms, then connected to an EKG machine. Electrical activity in the heart is then measured and printed out. An EKG can record how fast the heart is beating, heart rhythm, and the strength of the impulses as they move through the heart.

When do I need an EKG?

You may need an EKG test if you have concerning symptoms related to the heart, like chest pain, arrhythmia, lightheadedness, dizziness, and shortness of breath. These must be reported right away to a doctor or medical professional.

Electrocardiograms can also be used in non-emergency situations. Concierge Medicine of Columbus uses EKGs to check on a pacemaker, assess your arteries, and detect a previous heart attack.

Patients usually don’t need an EKG if they don’t have risk factors for heart disease or symptoms that suggest heart disease. However, if you live in Columbus or Macon, GA, or Montgomery and or Birmingham, AL, and have questions about EKGs, our team is happy to point you in the right direction.

How often do I need an EKG?

There is no one right answer to this question – it depends on your individual health and history of heart disease. Men and women with preexisting conditions may require electrocardiograms more often than others. For example, if you have heart disease or an enlarged heart, you’ll need regular EKGs. Be sure to follow your doctor's advice on when or how often you need an EKG test at Concierge Medicine of Columbus.

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Heart health is important for everyone. That's why the specialists at Concierge Medicine of Columbus are proud to offer some of the most comprehensive and cutting-edge diagnostic tools for patients. If you have questions about electrocardiograms or experience symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, or arrhythmia, we strongly encourage you to call our clinic right away. Patients in Columbus or Macon, GA, or Montgomery or Birmingham, AL, can receive a quick diagnosis and resources for moving forward in good health.

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