An electrocardiogram or EKG is a specific medical test for the heart. A natural electrical system within the heart causes the heart muscle to contract which then moves blood to the lungs and other parts of the body then back to the heart again.
An EKG may be performed if a patient is experiencing chest pain or pressure due to unknown causes. The EKG records the electrical impulses that are emitted by the heart and then displays them as tracings or waves on paper for a doctor to review.
Why is an EKG test done?
The EKG is a simple cost efficient way to detect a variety of potential heart problems. For example, the EKG can determine if the walls of the heart are too think, used to rule out heart disease, or to help identify the cause of chest pain. The EKG is also very fast, with testing completed in less than five minutes in most cases. EKG tests can tell a doctor if the patient has a regular heartbeat, has had a heart attack or if the heartbeat is irregular. All of these factors are important when diagnosing and treating chest pain. EKG tests are performed many times as part of a routine physical to help doctors establish a baseline for a patient’s electrical heartbeat activity. Because the test is fast, cost efficient and provides immediate results, many physicians recommend the EKG test to their patients.
Some conditions that electrocardiogram are commonly used to test for are:
- Heart disease
- Physical exams
- Respiratory problems
- Cardiac stress test
- Abnormal heartbeat
- Diagnosing chest pain, heart abnormalities and blood flow problems
Contact QuestCare Urgent Care
For EKG and other medical test and procedures visit QuestCare Urgent Care in Highland Park. Our staff is committed to providing our patients with the highest level of medical care and testing. Call ahead at (214) 368-4822 or check in online.