With our state-of-the-art facility and highly trained personnel, Southern California Heart Centers commits to provide excellence in electrocardiography and an enhanced overall patient experience.


ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG)

An electrocardiogram, or EKG (also known as ECG), is a basic noninvasive procedure to evaluate the electrical activity of the heart. The test uses electrodes placed on the skin at various locations on the body to measure the electrical activity of the heart and can detect abnormalities such as irregular heartbeats or damage to the heart muscle.

An EKG may be used to:

  • Identify arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm)
  • Evaluate chest pain
  • Determine whether you have had or are having a myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Identify structural heart problems
  • Evaluate metabolic or hemodynamic (circulatory system) changes
  • Measure your response to cardiovascular therapy
  • Monitor your pacemaker, if you have one
  • Evaluate your heart before surgery

At Southern California Heart Centers, it is standard for our patients to have an EKG done at least once per year.


PREPARING FOR AN EKG

No special preparations are necessary for a standard EKG. In order to monitor your normal heart activity, you should not exercise strenuously immediately prior to an EKG exam.


BEFORE AN EKG

The patient should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for any EKG exam and leave all jewelry and valuables at home

Please bring the followings items with you:

  • Prescription or referral from your physician
  • Insurance cards and identity cards issued by government

DURING AN EKG PROCEDURE

The patient will lie on a comfortable bed while the EKG technologist performs the exam. You may be asked to remove your shirt to allow access to your chest and abdomen. The door will be closed to protect your privacy. The technician will attach electrodes to the body to detect the electrical currents of the heart. The technician may use a special gel to improve electrical conduction. The gel may feel cold against your skin, but it is harmless. Men with a significant amount of body hair may need to be shaved to improve the contact of the electrodes.

Once the electrodes are attached, the technician will record the electrical patterns of your heart. The machine may print out the readings or upload it directly to your electronic medical file.

An EKG exam will take approximately 10 minutes to 15 minutes.


AFTER AN EKG PROCEDURE

Upon completion of the exam, the EKG will be reviewed by a cardiologist. He will discuss the results with you and suggest any further tests that may be necessary. The results will be sent to your physician.

Following an EKG, the patient can resume normal activity.


PARKING AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HEART CENTERS

The entrance for the parking lot is on Valley Boulevard. Underground parking is available as well. There is also temporary street parking along Valley Boulevard.