An electrocardiogram, most often referred to as an EKG or ECG, is a form of cardiac imaging that allows a doctor to evaluate the electrical activity of the heart. An EKG will show how fast your heart is beating and if the rhythm is regular, irregular, strong, or weak.
If you have an existing heart condition or an upcoming surgical procedure, Dignity Health can perform quality EKG in Arizona to monitor your heart or make sure you are healthy enough for surgery.
Why You Might Need an EKG
An EKG is performed to diagnose heart problems, including:
At Dignity Health, our cardiologists may recommend an EKG if you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, or a racing or irregular heartbeat.
As nationally recognized leaders in heart and vascular care, Chandler Regional Medical Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center are Accredited Chest Pain Centers designated by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. This recognition is given to hospitals that have achieved a high level of expertise in treating patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.
What to Expect With an EKG at Dignity Health
A cardiologist, nurse, or technician will perform an EKG in a Dignity Health hospital or outpatient care clinic. In some cases, an EKG may need to be performed in a person’s home or in an ambulance.
During an EKG, small electrodes are attached to the chest, arms, and legs. They are connected to an EKG machine, which records the electrical activity of the heart. The procedure usually takes about 10 minutes and is completely safe.
Your EKG Results
Once your results are back, your doctor will review them with you. Your results may provide information about:
- Heart rhythm abnormalities (a)rrhythmias
- Reduced blood and oxygen to the heart (c)aused by heart disease
- Symptoms of a heart attack or damage to the heart
- Heart defects, such as heart valve problems
Depending on your condition, your doctor will discuss the next steps and whether or not you may need additional tests or procedures. Dignity Health uses the latest medical technology to offer EKG in Arizona, as part of our cardiovascular diagnostic services.