EKG (or ECG) is short for electrocardiogram. Each time your heart beats, it generates an electrical impulse that makes the muscle contract and pump blood to the body. The EKG measures the rate of this impulse in both the upper and lower chambers.
The Pure Medicine staff might conduct an EKG to determine if you have an irregular heartbeat, which can be a sign of coronary artery disease, electrolyte imbalances, or injury from a heart attack. The EKG also gives valuable information as to whether your heart is overworked or part of it is enlarged. Other reasons you might need an EKG:
The EKG is perfectly safe and pain free. Electricity isn’t sent into your body. Rather the machine measures electrical pulses inside you. If you have concerns about the test, Dr. Pastorek and Dr. Mijares are open to answering your questions and helping you feel more at ease.
The report from and EKG looks like a graph with lines and spikes marking the activity of the heart. The doctors read the graph and determine if it shows normal activity. Abnormal EKG readings can result when your heart seems to beat too slowly or too quickly, or the rhythm is irregular.
To get an accurate reading, Pure Medicine ensures that the electrodes are properly attached and that you don’t move or talk during the procedure, which lasts 5-10 minutes. Do avoid exercising before the test and try to relax; rapid breathing and anxiety can skew the results.
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