An EKG, also known as an ECG or electrocardiogram, records the heart’s electrical signals. It’s a very common test for detecting heart issues and monitoring the overall condition of the heart. They are usually performed in the doctor’s office, a hospital room, or clinic. They are likewise standard equipment in ambulances and operating rooms. Here at Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan utilize an EKG to check what’s going on with your heart.
What to Expect During an EKG?
An EKG is a simple, painless, and non-invasive test that yields fast results. You might need to wear a hospital gown and would have to lie down on a bed or examination table. Electrodes will be hooked up to your chest and/or limbs to measure your heart’s electrical activity. They will be sticky to ensure that they don’t slip during testing. The hair is shaved off the parts of the body where electrodes are attached. Make sure to lie very still during the procedure because speaking, fidgeting, and moving might distort the EKG results.
The test will only take a couple of minutes. The electrodes will start taking the impulses made by your heartbeat once you’re ready. A computer will then record these impulses and display them as waves on a printout or on a monitor. Your doctor will discuss your EKG results after the test or during your succeeding appointment.
Why You Might Need an EKG
An EKG can be used on individuals of all ages for diagnosing a myriad of common heart issues. In general, doctors may utilize an EKG for detecting the following:
- Arrhythmias or heart rhythm abnormalities
- A past heart attack
- For checking how well, or not, particular heart disease treatments are working
- Structural issues with the chambers of the heart
- If narrowed or clogged heart arteries are causing a heart attack or chest pain
Your doctor may order other heart monitoring tests if he detects any irregularities in your EKG results. Likewise, you may have to undergo other heart rhythm tests if you’re experiencing these symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Rapid pulse
- Heart Palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue, weakness, or inability to exercise
- Confusion, lightheadedness, or dizziness
Want to Learn More about EKGs and Other Heart Tests?
Consult with Dr. Jeffrey Chase or Dr. Ahmet Sayan here at the Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. You can reach our St. Croix office at (340) 692-5000 and our St. Thomas office (340) 714-2845.