An electrocardiogram (EKG) measures your heart’s electrical activity over a set period of time. The noninvasive test assesses heart health and can show signs of disease. The team at Family Medical Doctors in Trinity, Florida, offers in-house EKG testing at their state-of-the-art practice. For comprehensive and compassionate care from an experienced team, call the office or book an appointment online today.
An EKG is a noninvasive test that assesses the electrical activity in your heart.
Your heart is a strong muscle that pumps oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart’s electrical system controls the rhythm of your heartbeat.
An EKG monitors the electrical impulses to assess your heart rhythm and look for signs of abnormalities that may indicate heart disease.
Your provider at Family Medical Doctors may recommend an EKG for any number of reasons. The quick, in-office test may be recommended as part of your annual physical exam to assess your heart health.
You may also need an EKG if you’re experiencing symptoms of heart disease, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations.
The experts at Family Medical Doctors also specialize in chronic disease management and may recommend repeat EKG testing to monitor the effectiveness of your treatment plan for heart disease.
In general, you don’t need to prepare for an EKG. However, to ensure you get an accurate evaluation, your provider needs to know all the medications and supplements you take.
Certain medications and supplements may affect your heart rhythm and the results of your EKG.
Your EKG is performed right in the Family Medical Doctors office. The painless test only takes a few minutes.
During your EKG, the technician first attaches electrodes to specific areas of your chest and extremities to measure your heart rate and rhythm. You lie on the exam table while the EKG machine gathers the necessary information.
Your technician requests that you stay as still as possible during your EKG to get the most accurate results.
You can go back to your usual activities after your EKG unless otherwise directed by your provider at Family Medical Doctors.
Before you leave the office, your provider may review the preliminary results of your EKG or schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results in detail and review a treatment plan.
An EKG is a simple test that provides valuable information about your heart. To schedule an appointment to learn more about having an EKG at Family Medical Doctors, call the office or book an appointment online today.
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