Electrocardiogram (EKG)

Empire Medical provides on-site Electrocardiograms (EKG’s) – a test that records the electrical activity of the heart.

An EKG is performed in a prone position. The person administering the test will use double-sided tape to attached electrodes to your arms, legs and chest. In certain instances, it may be necessary to shave or clip a small amount of hair so the electrodes stick to the skin. Through these electrodes the EKG machine produces a print out detailing the electrical conduction in your heart.

You will need to remain still during your EKG because movement (muscle tremors or even shivering) can alter the test results. Your clinician may also ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds during the test.

Sometimes an EKG is performed while you are exercising or under minimal stress in order to monitor changes in the heart. This type of EKG is called a “stress test.”

What does an EKG measures?

How fast your heart beats

If there is any damage to your heart

How the drugs you take or devices you use are controlling your heart

How do you prepare for your EKG?

Do not exercise

Do not drink cold water

Why would your practitioner order an EKG?

As part of your annual physical when you are in your 30’s or 40’s

If your family has a history of heart disease

If you’ve had chest pain, dizziness or palpitations

What will the EKG tell?

Your EKG may show conditions requiring additional testing or treatment, including:

Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)

Congenital heart defects

Inflammation of the heart (myocarditis/pericarditis)

Abnormal electrolyte concentrations (sodium & potassium)

Atrial Fibrillation

Heart Failure

Sick sinus syndrome

Other abnormalities and illnesses

How will I feel at the end of the procedure?