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Electrocardiography, also know as EKG, is a medical monitoring device that detects the electrical activity in your heart over a period of time. EKG monitoring devices are employed as a diagnostic tool to monitor heart rate and activity for irregularities. Because it is non-invasive and reads heart activity in real time, EKG is one of the most frequently used and reliable analytic devices. As one of the leading rheumatologists and medical experts in Los Angles, Susan Baker, MD utilizes EKG technology to diagnose and monitor patients’ heart health.
How an EKG Works
EKG machines are not overly complex or sophisticated, however a medical expert should be the one to interpret results accurately. As a non-invasive device, electrodes are placed on the exterior of the skin to detect internal electrical activity. The electric impulses detected by the electrodes are recorded by an external device which translates the electrical activity into lines on tracing paper. EKG machines are not overly-complex or sophisticated, but a medical expert should be the one to interpret results accurately..
What an EKG Detects
EKG examinations are performed to detect irregularities in electrical activity. The results of an EKG are interpreted to determine:
- The origin of unexplained chest pains
- If the walls of the heart chamber are too thick
- If medications are causing unexpected, adverse effects
- If your pacemaker is performing adequately
- If heart disease is the cause of a patient’s shortness of breath, fainting spells or palpitations
During an EKG Examination
Before Dr. Baker performs your Beverly Hills EKG examination, she will ask you about any medications you may be taking and ask about any concerns you have before undergoing the analysis. During the EKG exam you will be lying down with electrodes attached to your arms, legs and chest. The area where the electrodes will be placed may be cleaned or shaved to provide a clean, smooth surface for attachment. A paste or alcohol soaked pad may be placed between the electrode and your skin for safe and improved electrical conduction.
When the EKG examination is complete, the conduction gel will be wiped off and you will be able to return to your daily activities with no issue. There is no pain following an EKG assessment, and the results of your exam will be determined shortly following completion. Dr. Baker is will discuss your results with you and determine if further medical attention is required. Dr. Baker will be able to expertly and compassionately advise you about the best course of treatment.
Q: Will I be conscious during my EKG exam?
A: Yes. Anesthesia is not required to perform an EKG exam.
Q: Can I receive an EKG exam if I do not have a history of heart problems?
A: Yes, EKG exams can be used to examine heart health if other diseases or complications are present. If you smoke cigarettes, have diabetes or high blood pressure, an EKG can be performed to monitor your heart health.
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