An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a non-invasive diagnostic test performed to assess the electrical activity of your heart. It provides valuable information about your heart's rhythm, rate, and overall function, helping your doctor evaluate your cardiac health.
When you visit your primary care doctor for an EKG, the medical staff will explain the procedure and its purpose. They will ask about any symptoms you may be experiencing, such as chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or dizziness, as this information helps guide the interpretation of the test results.
The EKG provides information about:
The entire EKG process is usually quick and painless, taking only a few minutes to complete. Once the recording is finished, the healthcare professional will remove the electrode patches. The EKG results are then analyzed by your primary care doctor, who will interpret the findings in the context of your symptoms, medical history, and other diagnostic tests if necessary.
Based on the EKG results, your doctor can make assessments about your heart health, identify potential abnormalities, and recommend appropriate treatment or further evaluation if needed. The EKG serves as a valuable tool in diagnosing various heart conditions, monitoring cardiac function, and guiding the management of cardiovascular health.
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