EKG Specialist

Jacinto Medical Group

Family Practice & Neurologists located in Baytown, TX & La Porte, TX

If you’re having chest pain or feeling dizzy, you may need an electrocardiogram (EKG), which is a simple test that measures heart activity. Jacinto Medical Group, with offices in Baytown and La Porte, Texas, is a full-service medical clinic and can conduct an EKG on-site. Call today or schedule an appointment online if you need an EKG, or have concerns about your heart health.

EKG

What is an EKG?

An EKG is a test that measures cardiac activity. The team at Jacinto Medical Group performs an EKG at the office. It’s a quick and painless test that may help your specialist diagnose or rule out a heart-related condition or concern.

Who needs an EKG?

You may need an EKG if your specialist at Jacinto Medical Group has concerns about your heart.

Common reasons to perform the test include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • History of a heart attack
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Weakness

Your specialist may also recommend an EKG as a screening tool if you have a family history of heart disease.

What can I expect during an EKG?

An EKG is a noninvasive test that takes only a few minutes. To perform the test, the specialist at Jacinto Medical Group has you lie down on the exam table and places special electrodes on your chest and maybe your extremities. The electrodes then measure the electric impulses made by your heart, which are recorded by a computer and printed on paper.

It’s important that you’re comfortable during the test because fidgeting or shivering may affect your results. If you’re uncomfortable or cold, let your specialist know so that accommodations can be made and so you can get the most accurate results.

There’s no downtime required following your EKG and you can go right back to your normal activities.

Your specialist at Jacinto Medical Group uses the information provided by your EKG to assess your heartbeat and rhythm to look for clues that may indicate an irregularity.

Are there other types of EKG tests?

The EKG is a quick test that provides information about your heart during that moment in time. If a heart condition is suspected and the EKG isn’t able to provide conclusive evidence, then your specialist at Jacinto Medical Group may recommend other tests, such as:

EKG stress test

During an EKG stress test, the electric impulses of your heart are also measured while you’re exercising. Like the traditional EKG, electrodes are attached to your body, and your heart rhythm and beats are measured while you walk or run on a treadmill.

Holter monitor

The Holter monitor is a continuous EKG that you wear for 24-48 hours and that captures more data about your heart.

To schedule your EKG with Jacinto Medical Group, call the nearest office today or schedule a consultation online.