Electrocardiograms, also called EKGs or ECGs, are cardiovascular tests that can measure electrical signals produced by the heart. This is a non-invasive procedure that can provide valuable information regarding cardiovascular health. Our team of primary care physicians and medical professionals at Rapid Healthcare utilize EKGs (electrocardiograms) to determine heart health at our walk-in clinic in Bolingbrook, IL.
During an EKG, 12 sensors are placed on limbs and the chest and are connected to the device. These sensors record the electrical pulses that regulate the heartbeat. The electrical pulses are recorded as waves by a computer, showing the rhythm of the heart. Some of the cardiovascular traits that may be detected with EKGs (electrocardiograms) include:
- Arrhythmia or irregular heart rhythm
- Coronary heart disease (narrowed or blocked arteries)
- Heart attack or previous heart attacks
- Changes in heart rhythm
While EKGs can detect damage or enlargement to the heart, they may not detect all irregularities. If a patient has an irregular heart rhythm that is not constant, an EKG may not catch the irregular rate or pattern, unless it happens during the test.
Benefits of Electrocardiograms
EKGs can monitor heart rhythm and cardiovascular health. Most ambulances and urgent care facilities use EKGs to determine whether patients are experiencing heart attacks or other heart conditions. An EKG may be ordered if a patient is experiencing any signs of heart problems:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or confusion
- Fast pulse or heart palpitations
- Fatigue or weakness
The results of the EKG can give medical professionals information about your heart. The rhythm, heart rate, enlargement and some damage can be detected with the EKG. It can be used as a diagnostic tool to determine health conditions and the best treatment options. For those with chronic cardiovascular conditions, EKGs are regularly performed to monitor changes in these heart health traits.
At Rapid Healthcare, we utilize EKGs or electrocardiograms to diagnose, monitor and treat various cardiovascular conditions. If you need an EKG, contact us for a same day or future appointment at our clinic in Bolingbrook, IL, or drop by our clinic for a walk-in visit.