EKG

Brookridge Internal Medicine

Internists located in Longview, TX

About 84 million Americans experience cardiovascular disease, yet many ignore signs of heart disease until they become detrimental. Dr. Brenda Vozza and the medical team at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates in Longview, East Texas take early symptoms of heart disease seriously. They recommend an electrocardiogram, or EKG test, to monitor heart rhythm and identify any abnormalities. If you’re experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, call the practice or book online to schedule an appointment today.

EKG Q & A

Brookridge Internal Medicine

What is an EKG?

An EKG, or an electrocardiogram, is a simple test that measures your heart activity. Your doctor may recommend an EKG if you have a family history of heart disease, or you’re experiencing chronic shortness of breath, chest pain or palpitations, dizziness, or an irregular heartbeat. Results of an EKG can detect signs of coronary heart disease, which is when blood vessels to the heart become partially blocked.

What happens during an EKG?

An EKG is a painless, speedy procedure that tests the function of your heart. The test measures the normal electrical activity of the heart. It is essentially a risk-free procedure and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

During the test, your provider at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates attaches 12 electrode sticky patches to your chest, arms, and legs to record pictures of different angles of your heart. After the test, your doctor can immediately view the results and review them with you.

An EKG can detect any abnormalities that occur during the test that may indicate a heart condition. Abnormalities may include:

  • Heartbeat that is fast, slow, or irregular
  • Electrolyte levels that are too high or too low
  • Signs of a past, undetected heart attack
  • Enlargement of the heart due to high blood pressure
  • Abnormal thickness of the heart (hypertrophy)
  • Abnormal structure of the heart

Often, heart conditions can be easily managed with medication, devices such as pacemakers, or lifestyle changes if identified early.

What should I do to prepare for my EKG?

There is very little preparation you need to complete before your EKG test. On the day of your EKG, eat and drink normally. Avoid wear greasy lotions or creams on your body that could make it difficult to attach the sticky patches to your skin. You should also wear a shirt that can easily be unbuttoned or removed during the course of the test. Tell your doctor about any medications that you’re taking.

If you have a family history of coronary heart disease or are experiencing heart issues, call Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates or book online to schedule an EKG today.