Electrocardiogram (EKG) in NYC

What is an electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG or EKG, is a non-invasive test used by your doctor to record the activity of your heart. Types of ECG/EKG tests include:

Why is an electrocardiogram used?

An electrocardiogram is used to help your doctor look for any indications of heart disease or other heart-related abnormalities. Your doctor may use an ECG/EKG to:

  • Evaluate your heartbeat for arrhythmias
  • Check the blood flow to your heart
  • Diagnose a previous heart attack
  • Detect other abnormalities of the heart
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of certain heart medications or treatments

What does an electrocardiogram involve?

An ECG/EKG is a fairly quick test – lasting around 10 minutes or so – that starts off with your doctor placing sensors on your arms, legs, and chest. If you’re a male, your doctor will shave any necessary areas of your chest. Your doctor will then have you lay down as a computer produces a reading of your heart’s activity. An abnormal ECG/EKG reading may indicate certain issues, such as:

  • Abnormalities in the structure of your heart
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Heart attack or ischemia
  • Abnormalities in your heartbeat
  • Side effects from certain medications

What are the benefits of an electrocardiogram?

ECG/EKG tests are beneficial because they help allow your to doctor monitor the activity of your heart as well as to diagnose certain heart conditions. An ECG/EKG test may help your doctor:

  • Evaluate your heartbeat for arrhythmias
  • Check the blood flow to your heart
  • Diagnose a previous heart attack
  • Detect other abnormalities of the heart
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of certain heart medications or treatments

If you are interested in learning more about an electrocardiogram, visit Heart Vein NYC. Our heart and vein doctors at Heart Vein NYC have over 20 years of experience providing the New York City area with comprehensive, personalized cardiovascular care. Contact our compassionate heart doctors if you want to learn more about the tests we offer to help you work towards a heart-healthy future. Call 212.226.8000 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment with Heart Vein NYC today.

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