An electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) records the electrical signals from your heart.
Some reasons a primary care provider might conduct an EKG are:
- To investigate the cause of chest pain
- To evaluate a patient’s shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting spell, or concern about severe tiredness
- To address the occurrence of irregular heartbeats
EKGs are conducted by placing electrodes on your chest. These electrodes record the heart’s electrical signals, which cause the heart to beat. The signals are indicated as waves on an attached computer printer or monitor, which your provider reads and interprets.
Your provider might conduct an EKG as part of an ongoing managed care appointment or during an acute care visit. However, if you suddenly experienced severe chest pain and other alarming symptoms, you may need immediate attention in an emergency room and may need to be transported by an ambulance.
If you have any questions or concerns about your overall heart health, contact your provider to discuss any symptoms and the appropriate response.