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An EKG (also called an ECG or electrocardiogram) records how fast your heart is beating and its pattern of electrical activity. It shows whether the pattern is weak (irregular) or strong (regular). It is different than an echocardiogram, which is a type of imaging test.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican cardiologists diagnose heart conditions using EKG in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Find a Doctor online or by calling 702.616.4900. Our online heart health assessment can help you find out if you’re at risk for heart disease.
EKGs are used to diagnose and monitor heart problems such as cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeat), coronary artery disease (heart disease), and heart attack. Your doctor may recommend an EKG if you are experiencing:
EKGs may also be used to determine if your heart is strong enough for surgery.
An EKG takes about 10 minutes. There are no known risks or complications. The test begins with a technician attaching electrodes to your legs, arms, and chest. The electrodes are connected to an EKG machine that records your heart’s electrical activity as a series of peaks and valleys.
Your doctor will use your EKG results to tell you if your heartbeat is strong, weak, or irregular. An EKG can show: