An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a quick, noninvasive, and highly accurate test that reveals the overall health of your heart. When you need to have an EKG, you can relax and have this vital diagnostic procedure in the comfort of the office at New York Cardiovascular Medicine in Forest Hills, New York. Dima Teitelman, MD, has years of experience interpreting EKGs and using them to diagnose heart conditions and create individualized treatment plans. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.
An EKG is a noninvasive procedure that shows your heart’s electrical activity. Your heart has its own electrical system, including specialized cells that initiate the electrical impulse that triggers every heartbeat.
Every time your heart beats, an electrical signal follows a specific path through the heart muscles. As long as your heart is healthy, the signal makes muscles contract in a unified fashion that forces blood to flow through and then out of your heart.
Your EKG shows if your heart rhythm is healthy and regular, how long it takes electrical signals to go through your heart, and if certain areas of your heart are overworked.
An EKG is usually the first diagnostic test the team at New York Cardiovascular Medicine performs when patients have symptoms of a heart condition.
They use your EKG to diagnose conditions such as:
Your provider also uses your EKG to get a baseline measurement of your heart’s health, evaluate how well heart treatments are working, and plan a heart procedure.
If you have a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease or having a stroke or heart attack, your provider at New York Cardiovascular Medicine may recommend having periodic EKGs as routine screenings.
During an EKG, up to 12 self-adhesive electrodes are placed on your chest, arms, and legs. Your provider may need to shave away any body hair in the areas where they plan to place the electrodes. Getting rid of the hair allows the electrodes to stay in direct contact with your skin.
The electrodes may feel cold at first, but EKGs are painless. You simply lie back, relax, and stay still until the procedure is finished.
Each electrode is attached to a wire that’s connected to the EKG machine. When everything is ready, your provider turns on the machine.
The electrodes pick up electrical activity, send the information to the EKG machine, and the machine records the activity on paper.
Your provider at New York Cardiovascular Medicine talks with you about your EKG results. If your EKG shows any problems with your heart, you may need to have other diagnostic tests, such as an echocardiogram.
If you have any heart-related symptoms, don’t wait to call New York Cardiovascular Medicine or book an appointment online.