If you experience symptoms of heart disease, an electrocardiogram (EKG) is necessary to investigate your condition. Richard Rawson, DO, and the team offer on-site EKGs at the Temecula Medical Group in Temecula, California. With on-site EKG testing, you never have to travel to another clinic to have your heart function evaluated. Call the Temecula Medical Group today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a painless test that detects heart problems. The test records your heart’s electrical signals through small electrodes placed on your skin. Once the test is done, the Temecula Medical Group team analyzes your results to determine if your heart’s electrical activity is too fast, too slow, or irregular.
The team will recommend an EKG to investigate new or worsening heart disease symptoms. An EKG can:
Even if you don’t show symptoms of heart problems, the team will order an EKG if you have a family history of heart disease.
Symptoms of heart disease can range from mild to severe. The team will do an EKG if you experience:
If you experience any of these symptoms, the team can complete a physical exam to determine if you need an EKG.
Most people don’t need to prepare for an EKG. Unlike other diagnostic tests, you don’t have to fast for the procedure. You should avoid moisturizers and oily creams before the test so that the electrodes adhere firmly to your skin.
The team places the electrodes on your chest, arms, and legs. Typically, they use 10 electrodes to test your heart’s electrical activity. The entire test takes a few minutes. After the test is done, the team discusses your results with you.
An EKG can indicate a wide range of heart conditions, including:
Coronary artery disease occurs when plaque builds up on your artery walls, restricting blood flow to and from your heart.
A heart attack occurs when the heart receives no oxygen-rich blood, stopping its function. Heart attacks can be life-threatening without prompt care.
Arrhythmia is when the heart beats irregularly — too slowly or too quickly — disrupting your heart function.
Call the Temecula Medical Group today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about EKG testing.