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EKG Specialist

Apex Cardiology Consultants -  - Interventional Cardiology

Apex Cardiology Consultants

Interventional Cardiology & General Cardiology located in Inglewood, CA

Electrocardiogram (EKG) is a noninvasive test to check your heart's electrical activity. Apex Cardiology Consultants offers EKG in its Inglewood, California, office as part of its comprehensive diagnostic heart health services. Interventional cardiology specialists Jack Farahi, MD, FACC, and Mason Weiss, MD, FACC, provide the best in heart care for patients all over Los Angeles, so call the office or use online booking to make an appointment.


What is an EKG?

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a simple test that evaluates heart rhythm and electrical activity. During an EKG, small electrodes on your chest detect the electrical activity that your heart generates whenever it beats. 

An electrocardiograph machine records this activity and translates it into a paper graph that shows your heartbeats.

An EKG can detect problems, including arrhythmias, fast or slow heartbeat, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, some types of aneurysm, and cardiomyopathy (heart wall thickening).

When might I need an EKG?

You might need an EKG in several circumstances. If you have symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations, or dizziness, you may need an EKG as part of the diagnostic process. 

You may also need EKG testing as part of an annual physical exam, as part of your pre-surgery clearance, after a heart attack, after you get a pacemaker, or after starting new heart medication. 

How does an EKG work?

There are a few different types of EKG, including:

Standard EKG 

In a standard EKG, you lie comfortably on the exam table. Your provider affixes small electrodes in several spots on your chest. These electrodes connect to the electrocardiograph. During the test, your provider may ask you to hold your breath at a few points. At the end of the test, your provider removes the electrodes, and you're free to resume normal activity.

EKG stress testing

EKG stress testing usually occurs while you're exercising on a treadmill. But, if you can't exercise, an injected substance can replicate the effects of exercise on your heart during your EKG stress test.

Holter monitor

A Holter monitor is a portable echocardiography device that you wear around your neck or on your belt. The Holter monitor continually records your heart's activity for 24-48 hours. 

Event monitor

An event monitor is much like a Holter monitor, but it records your heart activity only when you have symptoms. With most event monitors, you activate the machine with a button press whenever symptoms occur. But, some event monitors automatically start recording whenever you have an abnormal heart rhythm. You can wear an event monitor for a month or longer. 

Apex Cardiology Consultants explains what you need to know about your EKG before your test. It's a simple, painless, and quick process. Call the office or click the online booking button to make your appointment.