ECG or EKG Baytown
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a commonly performed cardiac test that records the electrical activity of the heart.
The heart is a muscular pump with four chambers. Natural electrical system of the heart creates electrical impulses which result in organized contraction of these chambers and help pump blood to lungs and rest of the body.
ECG records these electrical impulses as they move through the heart muscle, by applying small patches called electrodes on the skin.
ECG is helpful in checking for:
- Heart attack: ECG is one of the most important and critical inital test that is performed by thousands of first responders and emergency room personnel in evaluating patients with chest pain. Certain patterns on ECG determine whether a patient is suffering from a completely blocked artery and needs to be taken to Cath lab on emergency basis.
- Heart rhythm: Problems in heart rhythm can cause cardiac arrhythmias, palpitations, skipped beats and other symptoms related to irregular heart beat.
- Blood flow to heart muscle (ischemia): Can result in shortness of breath, chest pain
- Thickened heart muscle (Hypertrophy): Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause the heart muscle to thicken over time. One out of six Americans do not even know they have high blood pressure. ECG is often the first cardiac test which alerts your doctor whether your heart is under peristent strain from high blood pressure.
Numerous diagnosis and findings can be made based upon ECG. It is also a uselful cardiac test in evaluation of following symptoms:
- Unusual weakness or tiredness
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
An ECG is painless. When the ECG electrode stickers are removed, there may be some minor discomfort.
The machine only records the ECG. It does not send electricity into the body.
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To learn more about ECG for yourself or a loved one, or if you have been advised by your doctor to get an ECG, make an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Sami.
Our main office is located at 6051 Garth Road, Suite 300, Baytown, TX 77521. Or you may contact us at 281-839-7949 to set up an appointment.