An EKG, also known as an electrocardiogram or ECG, is a diagnostic tool used to check for signs of heart disease. It does this by recording the electrical signals of the heart via electrodes that are placed onto the skin. EKGs have helped countless patients determine the health of their heart and are commonly used in preventative medicine. An EKG may be ordered by your physician if you are experiencing any number of symptoms related to heart disease.
Can urgent care perform EKGs?
Yes, many urgent care clinics are able to perform EKGs. Reddy Urgent Care is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to provide each patient with the best quality care. We can help you determine the health of your heart and detect a number of symptoms that can lead to medical conditions. We accept walk-in appointments, so there is no need to schedule your entire day around your appointment. With four locations across California, we have a clinic near you. Call us today to receive your EKG test!
What does an EKG test for?
An electrocardiogram (EKG) records the heart’s electrical activity. It provides information about heart rate and rhythm, and detects signs of high blood pressure (hypertension) or evidence of a previous heart attack (myocardial infarction). However, it cannot detect asymptomatic blockages in heart arteries or predict the risk of a heart attack from occurring in the future. An EKG test may be ordered if you have high blood pressure or other risk factors for heart disease, or if you are experiencing symptoms such as heart palpitations or chest pain. An EKG may also be recommended if you already have heart disease. In addition to electrical activity and rhythm, an EKG can also reveal if the heart is receiving enough oxygen and prevents ischemia, a dangerous state in which the cardiac tissues do not have an adequate supply of oxygenated blood.
What are 3 reasons a person would get an EKG?
There are many reasons why a person might need to have an EKG. The three main reasons are:
- To evaluate heart-related problems, such as shortness of breath, fainting, severe tiredness or dizziness
- To identify irregular heartbeats
- To determine the overall health of the heart
An EKG may be performed before a procedure or surgery, after treatment for conditions such as a heart attack and endocarditis, or after cardiac catheterization or heart surgery.
There may be other reasons to perform an EKG, including:
- To see how an implanted pacemaker is working
- To look for the cause of chest pain
- To determine the efficacy of heart medicines
- To get a baseline of the heart’s function
EKGs may be carried out during a physical exam or before a procedure to use as a comparison with future EKGs. These pre-emptive tests are used to determine if any changes take place after receiving treatment and are useful tools for tracking a patient’s health history.
If you or someone you love needs to diagnose a heart condition or symptoms related to heart disease, come to Reddy Urgent Care for an EKG today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing EKGs and can help you understand your heart’s health. Call one of our clinics today. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Downtown Long Beach CA, Bixby Knolls Long Beach CA, Huntington Beach CA, Paramount CA, East Side CA, and Los Altos CA.