When you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms suggestive of a heart problem, an electrocardiogram (EKG) is one of the first diagnostic tests performed. At Advanced Cardiac Care PLLC, Michael Avaricio, MD, is concerned about providing timely, quality care for each patient, which is why EKGs are done in the office and results are available quickly. To schedule an appointment, call the office in the Ozone Park area of Queens, New York, or use the online booking feature.
An EKG is a simple, noninvasive test that shows the electrical activity of your heart. Every time your heart beats, an electrical impulse goes through the heart’s four chambers, triggering muscle contractions that force blood through and out of the heart. An EKG reflects the movement of the electric signal through each chamber.
The information obtained from an EKG tells Dr. Avaricio about your heart rhythm, how long it takes the electrical signals to travel from one area of the heart to the next, and whether parts of your heart are too large or overworked.
An EKG is often the first diagnostic test performed when patients have symptoms suggestive of a heart condition. Dr. Avaricio performs EKGs in the office to:
If you have a family history or other risk factors of heart disease, Dr. Avaricio may recommend getting regular EKGs to screen for early signs of problems.
The electrodes used to detect electrical activity are small patches that stick to your skin. Your provider at Advanced Cardiac Care shaves any body hair where the electrodes are attached, then places 10-12 patches on specific areas of your chest, arms, and legs.
Each electrode is connected to the EKG device by a lead wire, then the machine is turned on. The electrodes pick up electrical activity from your heart and send the information to the EKG machine where it’s recorded on graph paper or a computer.
The electrodes may feel cold when they’re first applied. Otherwise, your EKG is painless and performed while you lie back and relax. When the test is over, Dr. Avaricio interprets the results and talks with you about what they mean for your heart.
If you experience heart-related symptoms and need an EKG, call Advanced Cardiac Care or schedule an appointment online.