An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is one of the quickest and simplest ways to evaluate the heart. This type of non-invasive cardiovascular testing specifically measures the electrical activity within the heart, which refers to the impulses that signal different areas of the heart to contract and pump blood. At Corrielus Cardiology, we offer many types of EKG testing in the comfort of our Philadelphia clinic. Dr. Corrielus brings an intricate knowledge of the heart when diagnosing and treating heart-related symptoms. Our ability to provide comprehensive cardiac testing allows us to detect heart disease at its earliest stage and protect patients from the devastating consequences of heart failure.
During electrocardiogram testing, electrodes are placed at strategic locations on the chest, arms, and legs. These electrodes are connected to an ECG machine that interprets the electrical activity of the heart. Rest assured that this procedure does not involve any electricity being sent into the body. By monitoring your heart’s natural electrical impulses, we can determine if the heart muscle is being signaled to maintain blood flow like it should. An ECG or EKG shows Dr. Corrielus the speed and rhythm of your heart beat as well as the strength and timing of the electrical impulses through the heart.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that can provide invaluable information about your heart health and overall wellness. At Corrielus Cardiology, we may recommend an electrocardiogram test for the following reasons:
- To evaluate heart-related symptoms, such as chest pain, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting
- To identify irregular heartbeats
- To assess the overall health of the heart before or after a cardiac procedure
- To monitor the success of an implanted pacemaker
- To confirm how well a certain heart medications is working
- To obtain a baseline of the heart's function
EKGs are one of the most common methods of cardiac testing performed. In many cases, this is the first test performed if you are having heart-related symptoms. However, it may be necessary to have a more thorough test following an EKG, such as a nuclear stress test, if your results indicate an area of concern.
Regardless of whether you are getting a baseline EKG for a preventative screening or you are experiencing significant heart-related symptoms, you will be met with compassionate, patient-centered care at all times. At Corrielus Cardiology, we take your heart health seriously. Contact Corrielus Cardiology in Philadelphia today to schedule your EKG testing.