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EKG (Cardiogram)

An EKG (cardiogram), or electrocardiogram, provides a quick and convenient way to diagnose heart-related health problems, including coronary artery disease and irregular heartbeat. At PrudentMD, internal medicine physician Maitri Patel, MD, provides EKGs onsite. She can determine your risk of heart disease and make recommendations to improve your health. Call the office or go online today to make an appointment at PrudentMD in Iselin, New Jersey.

EKG (Cardiogram) Q & A

What is an EKG (cardiogram)?

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a noninvasive test that monitors the electrical activity of your heart. It’s a quick and convenient way to diagnose problems that can increase your risk of a heart attack and other heart-related concerns.

What problems can an EKG (cardiogram) diagnose?

PrudentMD uses EKGs to diagnose various heart-related problems or indicate your need for further testing. Some heart-related problems that can be diagnosed are:

  • Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmias)
  • Blocked or narrowed arteries (coronary artery disease)
  • Heart attack
  • Underlying causes of chest pain, heart palpitations, and rapid pulse
  • Fluid around the heart
  • Structural abnormalities

Your PrudentMD provider might also use an EKG to monitor how well some cardiac treatments, like a pacemaker, are working.

How do I prepare for an EKG (cardiogram)?

PrudentMD does EKGs on an outpatient basis. Before you undergo an EKG, let your provider know about any prescription drugs or vitamins you take. Some medications can affect your test results, so your provider might temporarily ask you to stop taking them.

What happens during an EKG (cardiogram)?

Before your EKG, you lie down on an exam table. Your provider attaches several electrodes to your arms and chest. If you have hair in these areas, your provider might shave it so that the electrodes stay in place.

After placing the electrodes, you lie still. The electrodes monitor your heartbeat, and a computer records the information and displays it on a monitor. The entire process takes 5-10 minutes. You can return to work and other activities right after your appointment.

What if the results of my EKG indicate a heart problem?

If the results of your EKG indicate a heart problem, your PrudentMD provider might recommend additional tests, or suggest to see a cardiologist for further testing.

Heart disease can be managed through healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medication, and routine checkups. After making a diagnosis, your provider develops a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

If you’re concerned about having heart disease, request an EKG (cardiogram) at PrudentMD by calling the office today or booking online.