Electrocardiograms, or EKGs, are diagnostic tests used to detect, diagnose, and monitor many types of heart problems. They are designed to detect heart rate and record electrical signals as they travel through the heart. Not only are EKGs painless and non-invasive, but they are also performed relatively quickly and easily from the comfort of a doctor’s office or testing facility.
Did you know…Some people require a modified EKG due to special circumstances. For example, those with an irregular heartbeat may undergo testing outside of the doctor’s office during a 24-hour period at home. Known as Holter Monitoring, these EKGs monitor heart rhythm while the patient keeps a diary of activity at various times during the day. For patients who have exercise-induced heart complications, an in-office stress test may be appropriate. These are EKGs administered while the patient is on a treadmill or stationary bike.