Electrocardiogram (EKG)

What is an EKG?
An EKG is an electrical picture of your heart. It helps your doctor determine the rate and consistency of your heartbeat. It also gives a good overview of how your heart’s chambers are coordinating with each other.

Why would I need an EKG?
EKGs are routine before surgery for certain patients, depending on age and diagnosis. An EKG will also be ordered if a patient has a history of heart disease or is having any chest pain. Your doctor can give you a more specific reason.

What time of day are EKGs routinely done?
They are routinely done in the early morning. EKGs ordered on other than routine basis are conducted as soon as possible.

Who will perform my EKG?
Respiratory care practitioners perform the majority of EKGs. They are experts in cardiopulmonary care and will perform the test quickly and professionally.

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