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.
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Is It Time to Get an EKG/ECG?
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:
- Dizziness or weakness
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Racing, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
EKGs may also be used to determine if your heart is strong enough for surgery.
What to Expect During Your EKG in Las Vegas, NV
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.
Understanding Your EKG Results
Your doctor will use your EKG results to tell you if your heartbeat is strong, weak, or irregular. An EKG can show:
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- Signs of a heart attack
- Heart defects
- Heart rhythm problems
- Reduced blood flow and oxygen to your heart, usually due to heart disease