Electrocardiogram: When Do You Need It?

February 19, 2021

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) records the electrical activity in your heart. Doctors and qualified physicians usually recommend this procedure to monitor your heart’s condition or check for signs of heart disease. While there are now smartwatches that provide similar functions, they are not intended for use as medical devices. Standard EKG machines from hospitals or clinics still provide more accurate, in-depth, and reliable results, and a medical professional is best qualified to interpret those results.

The Right Spinal Clinic’s laboratory testing services include electrocardiograms. We have a professional lab technician who conducts EKG testing for our patients. This procedure can be completed in just a few minutes, depending on your physician’s recommendation. If you need an EKG test, call us now at (813) 582 7000 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit this site for more information.

Electrocardiogram tests are quick, safe, and painless. An EKG can help your physician or doctor determine or detect:
  • Irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmias).
  • Blocked or narrowed arteries in your heart.
  • Signs of previous heart attack.
  • Effectiveness of certain heart disease treatments.

Signs or symptoms you may need ECG or EKG tests

  • Chest pain
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness 
  • Nausea 
  • Heart palpitations 
  • Breathing difficulty 
  • Weakness or fatigue

Note: If you have a family history of heart disease, your doctor may recommend having an electrocardiogram screening test even if you do not experience any symptoms. In some cases, they may also require continuous EKG monitoring.

How to Prepare for your EKG Test

There are no special preparations for a standard EKG test. However, it is best to have enough rest and avoid any physical activity before the procedure. Be sure to inform your physician about any medication and supplements you take, as these can affect the results of your test.

Si necesita una prueba de EKG, llámenos ahora al (813) 582 7000 para programar una cita. En The Right Spinal Clinic, nuestro personal altamente cualificado estará encantado de poder ayudar.

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