CareNow® - May 22, 2017

What To Expect With An EKG

With all the wires and patches, an electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG, can seem like a scary test to some people. However, EKGs are a relatively quick, painless and inexpensive test that can help monitor the rhythm of your heart. Before you can learn what to expect from an EKG, it's important to understand exactly when the test is needed.

When Do You Need An EKG?

If you've experienced symptoms of heart disease, such as chest pain or shortness of breath, your doctor may recommend an electrocardiogram. In some instances, an EKG may be used to evaluate your heart if you've already been diagnosed with heart disease or are at a high risk. If your doctor is concerned about the rhythm of your heart, that you suffer from poor blood flow to the heart muscle, that you've already experienced a heart attack or that you have a heart abnormality, you may be given an EKG.

What Happens During An EKG?

To perform an EKG, a technician will place 10 electrodes to your body. These electrodes have an adhesive side that will help them stick to you. You will likely be asked to lie flat as the computer builds a picture of your heart rhythm. In most instances, the test will take 10 minutes; however, the information can be grabbed within a few seconds.

How To Prepare For An EKG

If youh've been told you will receive an EKG, there are a few things you can do beforehand to better prepare yourself. Try to stay away from greasy lotions and skin creams that may interfere with the electrode-skin contact. You should also wear a shirt that can be removed easily so the leads can be easily placed on your chest.

If you are suffering from chest pain or shortness of breath, you should seek medical attention immediately. At CareNow, our staff is highly trained and can perform an EKG test for you. We have 29 locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (with more opening soon!), along with locations in Las Vegas, Denver, Nashville, Austin, Orlando, Northern Virginia, and Kansas City. Visit for a complete list of locations near you.

Disclaimer: Patients' health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you