Your Heart's Beat: Understanding EKGs and their Importance
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a common diagnostic test used to monitor the electrical activity of the heart. At Doctor’s Medical Associates, we believe that EKGs are an essential tool in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Understanding your EKG results can provide valuable information about your heart’s health and help you make informed decisions about your medical care.
What is an EKG?
An EKG is a non–invasive test that measures the electrical signals of your heart. It is a simple and painless procedure that involves attaching electrodes to your chest, arms, and legs. These electrodes record the electrical signals of your heart and transmit them to a machine that produces a graph of the heart’s activity.
Why is an EKG important?
When Do You Need an EKG?
An EKG can provide valuable information about your heart's health, including:
Your doctor may recommend an EKG for several reasons, including:
Understanding Your EKG Results
A normal EKG result means that your heart is functioning normally. However, an abnormal EKG result can indicate a variety of heart problems, including:
9. Heart disease: An abnormal EKG can also indicate heart disease, such as coronary artery disease or heart failure.
10. Electrolyte imbalances: An abnormal EKG can be caused by electrolyte imbalances such as low potassium levels.
11. Medications: Certain medications can cause abnormal EKG results.
Your doctor will interpret your EKG results and discuss any abnormalities with you. They may recommend further testing or treatment if necessary.
EKG Appointments at Doctor's Medical Associates
At Doctor’s Medical Associates, we offer EKG appointments to evaluate your heart’s health and monitor your risk of developing heart disease. Our healthcare team will work with you to develop a personalized care plan based on your unique needs and preferences. Contact us today to schedule an EKG appointment and take control of your heart’s health.