What is an EKG?
An electrocardiogram—also called an EKG or ECG—is a simple, painless test to check for signs of heart disease and to monitor the functioning of your heart. This test is conducted to check whether your heart is working normally or not. An EKG test shows the heart’s rhythm and heart beat activity as line tracings on paper. An electrocardiogram helps your doctor determine if:
- Your heart is beating irregularly (too fast or too slow)
- You have visible symptoms of a heart attack
- You have heart defects, an enlarged heart, or lack of blood flow
- Your heart valves are functioning normally
- You have blocked arteries or coronary artery disease
Most often, an abnormal EKG indicates heart disease or damage.
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|1||Who should get an EKG?|
|2||How is an EKG performed?|
|3||How long does it take to finish an EKG?|
|4||How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?|
|5||When will I receive my results?|
|6||How should I protect my heart?|
Who should get an EKG?
An EKG will help your doctor assess your symptoms and based on that chalk out a treatment plan. You will be recommended an EKG test by your doctor if you experience these signs:
- Chest pain
- Fluttering, pounding, or racing of your heart
- Shortness of breath
- Uneven heartbeats
- Unusual sounds detected when your doctor listens to your heart
- If you are 50 or older, with a family history of heart disease, you will be recommended this test to detect early signs of heart disease
How is an EKG performed?
An EKG exam will be performed in a clinic or hospital, where you will be guided by your doctor or technologist as to how the test will be conducted. The purpose of this test is to record the impulses (displayed as waves) made by your heart beat. The doctor will look at these impulses to look for a consistent and even heart rhythm, where the heart rate should be between 50 and 100 beats per minute.
How long does it take to perform an EKG?
The entire EKG test takes about 10 minutes, but the actual recording takes only a few seconds.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting is required. Do tell your doctor about any medications that you are taking as it may affect the test results. Apart from this, just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How should I protect my heart?
You should consult your doctor and be aware of the risk factors. The risk of a heart disease depends on multiple factors like age, gender, lifestyle, blood pressure, or diabetes. Lower the risk of heart disease by monitoring your blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol (as suggested by your doctor). Lead a healthy lifestyle to avoid heart diseases.