An electrocardiogram ((EKG or sometimes ECG) is one of the fastest and simplest tests to evaluate the heart. Board-certified internal medicine physician Mano Zachariah, MD, offers convenient, in-office EKGs for adults of all ages at his practice, TotalMedMD, in Orangeburg, New York. To schedule your EKG, call or book an appointment online today.
An EKG is a common test that records the electrical signals of your heart. Dr. Zachariah uses EKGs to check for signs of heart disease and monitor the status of your heart.
An EKG is a painless, noninvasive test that Dr. Zachariah performs right in his office at TotalMedMD. He attaches small, sticky patches called electrodes to certain locations on your chest, arms, and legs.
These electrodes attach to wires, which Dr. Zachariah connects to an EKG machine. This machine only records the electrical activity of your heart. It doesn’t send electricity into your body.
Dr. Zachariah uses EKGs to help diagnose and monitor many kinds of heart problems. Common reasons you may need an EKG include:
He may also use and EKG to discover the underlying cause of symptoms such as:
Another common reason for EKGs is to help determine your overall health before surgery or after serious conditions such as a heart attack. Dr. Zachariah may also take an EKG as part of your physical exam to have a baseline to compare with EKGs at other points in time.
Typically, EKGs don’t require special preparation such as fasting. Dr. Zachariah begins with a physical exam and review of your medical history. It’s important to tell him about any medications, vitamins, or supplements you’re currently taking, as these may affect your heart.
Dr. Zachariah may perform in-office EKGs at TotalMedMD or during a hospital visit. You remove your clothing from the waist up and cover yourself with a sheet or gown. If your chest, arms, or legs are very hairy, Dr. Zachariah or the EKG technician may shave small patches so the electrodes stick directly to your skin.
Once the electrodes and wires are attached, they start the EKG. It’s important to lie still during this short test, as moving or talking can interfere with results.
To learn more about EKGs, call TotalMedMD or book an appointment online today.