EKG: Electrocardiogram Test
Medicine is full of acronyms. BMI, PFT, CBC, LP–there really is no end in sight. While some may be more common or more important than others, there is one particular medical acronym that affects thousands of Americans each year: EKG. An EKG, or electrocardiogram, when used properly may help save your life.
An EKG is a type of heart test. This test tracks the electrical activity in your heart and can detect potential problems, including heart attacks, inflammation of the heart, angina, and other conditions. Generally, an EKG should only be given if you’re experiencing symptoms or have certain risk factors. Otherwise, you could have to undergo unnecessary tests or medical procedures.
Below is a list of some people who may benefit from receiving an EKG. If you’re not sure, consult with a medical professional. You may need an EKG if:
- You’ve suffered from a heart attack before
- You’re experiencing chest pain
- You have a family history of heart disease
- You have diabetes, are a smoker, are overweight, or have other risk factors
If you feel you may need an EKG, visit one of FastMed Urgent Care’s modern, state-of-the-art walk-in clinics. Our urgent care services include tests like an EKG, and it’s always our goal to get you in and out the door within one hour. We’re a faster, more convenient alternative to an emergency room visit for non-life-threatening injury or illness.And if you need advanced testing or care from a specialist, we’ll save you time and expense by calling ahead and setting up an appointment for you. We’ll even forward your electronic medical records and digital x-rays.
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