EKG

EKG

EKG services offered in Myrtle Beach, Piedmont and Spartanburg, SC

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a quick, painless test that measures the electrical activity in your heart. The patient-centered providers at United Physician Group will do an EKG if they have concerns about the health of your heart. With offices in Piedmont, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Douglasville, Conyers, and Hampton, Georgia, the multispecialty practice performs many tests on-site, including EKGs. Call the office nearest you today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about EKG testing.

EKG Q & A

What is an electrocardiogram (EKG)?

An EKG is a noninvasive test that checks the electrical activity in your heart. The rhythm of your heartbeat is regulated by your heart’s electrical system. This electrical activity is the source of energy that initiates the contractions that pump blood through the chambers of your heart.

An EKG follows the electrical activity as it moves through the heart, looking for signs of abnormalities. It’s a quick and painless test United Physician Group performs in their offices.

Who needs an EKG?

The providers at United Physician Group determine who needs an EKG. They might recommend you undergo the in-office test if you display concerning symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, or lightheadedness.

They also perform an EKG if you have heart palpitations or they hear an abnormal heartbeat during a routine exam.

An EKG can determine if you’re having or had a heart attack. The test can also diagnose an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).

You might also need an EKG for cardiovascular screening or as part of chronic disease management for heart disease.

What happens during an EKG?

Your provider reviews the results of your EKG following your test, which will determine what happens next. If your EKG indicates a heart condition, your provider will order additional testing to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

Your provider then begins the test, monitoring the electrical activity on a computer screen. You must sit as still as possible during the few minutes that an EKG takes to get accurate results.

What happens after an EKG?

Your provider reviews the results of your EKG following your test. This will determine what happens next. If your EKG indicates you have a heart condition, your provider will order additional testing to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

An EKG only assesses the electrical activity of your heart at that moment and might not show any heart issues. If your provider at United Physician Group has concerns about heart health, they’ll order additional testing to get more definitive answers.

United Physician Group is a full-service family medicine and pain management practice that meets all your health needs. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online to learn more about EKG testing.