Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C.
Family Medicine Practice located in Valdosta, GA
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is an electrical record of your heart activity, so it’s a very helpful diagnostic and assessment tool. At Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., the team of committed medical professionals offers comprehensive heart health and function testing on-site in their Valdosta, Georgia, office. Scheduler your EKG by calling the office or clicking the online booking link.
What is an EKG?
An EKG is a test to record electrical heart activity using small electrodes on your chest, arms, and legs. This simple and noninvasive test takes place in the Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., office, so if you need an EKG as part of your annual physical exam, DOT physical, or other examination, you can have the test conveniently.
How does an EKG work?
For an EKG, your trained technician gently affixes 10 small electrodes to your chest. The sticky electrodes link to the EKG monitor, relaying info about the frequency and strength of your heartbeats.
Depending on your needs and suspected issues, you may need a stress EKG, in which you exercise on a treadmill or stationary bicycle during the test.
When might I need an EKG?
The Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., team might recommend an EKG in the following situations:
Symptoms of heart disease
If you're having symptoms like chest pain, breathing difficulties, or an erratic heartbeat, you may need an EKG as part of the diagnostic process.
If you have a medical history of heart disease, you may need an EKG to make sure your problems aren't coming back.
If you have risk factors for heart disease, for example, diabetes or high blood pressure, you may need an EKG.
In addition to EKG, the practice also has ultrasound and echocardiograms in the office, giving you comprehensive cardiac testing in one location. Apart from the local hospital, they're the only American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited facility in the area.
What can an EKG diagnose?
With an EKG, the team can diagnose problems like:
- Blocked arteries
- Heart damage
- Previous heart attacks
- Heart failure
An EKG can also help your medical providers to evaluate how well your current heart disease treatment's working.
How do I get ready for an EKG?
You get preparation guidelines before your EKG. Usually, rules include avoiding lotion on your skin, wearing loose clothing, and avoiding caffeine before your test. Depending on your medical situation, you may need to temporarily stop taking certain medications before the test.
Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., has EKG equipment on campus, so you can get the cardiac tests you need in the same place where you get primary care. Book your appointment by calling the office or clicking on the online scheduling link.
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