An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a painless, noninvasive diagnostic test that measures the electrical signals in your heart. This test can show if your heart is beating at a normal rate.
You may need an EKG to determine if you have heart disease or damage. The providers at Coastal Cardiology of Orange County use EKGs to diagnose:
The providers also use EKG technology in routine heart screenings for older adults who are at risk for heart disease.
With the help of an EKG, the physicians can detect early warning signs of congestive heart failure and other heart conditions before you have symptoms. Preventive EKG testing makes it possible to get the treatment you need to prevent further complications.
You should call Coastal Cardiology of Orange County if you have unusual symptoms that may relate to a heart condition, such as:
In addition to EKG testing, the providers review your medical history and perform a physical exam to determine what’s causing your symptoms.
During an EKG, you can expect to lie on an exam table. The Coastal Cardiology of Orange County providers place several electrodes on your chest, arms, and legs.
The sensors stick to the surface of your skin and connect to a computer. With each of your heartbeats, the device records information about the electrical activity in your heart. The providers watch the activity on a computer monitor and can print out your results for further evaluation.
An EKG takes less than five minutes, and you can return to your usual activities immediately after your appointment.
Depending on the results of your EKG, you may need other diagnostic tests, such as an echocardiogram or a stress test, to confirm your diagnosis.
To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of an EKG, call the Coastal Cardiology of Orange County office nearest you, or book an appointment online today.