An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) test measures the electrical activity of a heartbeat to check for heart issues. An ECG or EKG provides details about your heart rate, rhythm, structure changes and the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This test can also tell your primary care doctor if you had a previous heart attack or one is currently happening to you. You may need this test if you recently have experienced chest pain, heart palpitations, fatigue, rapid pulse or shortness of breath. Dr. Daniel Benhuri provides EKG or ECG tests for children and adults residing in Beverly Hills, California.
What to Expect
Before the electrocardiogram, a primary care provider places electrodes on your chest attached to the monitoring device. Electrical signals are recorded and then displayed on either the monitor or paper. This test takes only a few minutes to complete. The doctor will then review the results with you either the same day or at your next appointment. Make sure to tell your doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking before testing, as these can affect the results.
You may resume normal activities after the procedure. If you experience any uncomfortable symptoms during the procedure, be sure to inform your provider immediately. These symptoms may include dizziness, shortness of breath or chest pain. If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, ask your doctor during a consultation appointment prior to testing.
Factors to Consider
There are a few factors to consider that can affect the results of an electrocardiogram. Abnormal test results may not mean your health is in danger. You may have a non-life-threatening variation in the rhythm or there were factors that altered the data. Obesity, pregnancy, abdominal fluid buildup, electrolyte imbalances and medications can hamper results. Moving during the test or smoking before or after can modify the results.
Need an Electrocardiogram in Beverly Hills, California?
An electrocardiogram can protect your health and potentially save your life by detecting critical heart issues. As an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) test doctor, Dr. Daniel Benhuri is currently accepting new patients at the Beverly Hills clinic in California. Extended urgent care hours are available on evenings and weekends. Schedule an appointment for testing today.