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EKG Heart Checkup Service: Safeguard Your Heart’s Health

The heart is the body’s vital engine, pumping blood to nourish every cell. If the heart malfunctions, it can have serious consequences, even leading to death. EKG (Electrocardiogram) is like a heart checkup, helping to identify potential abnormalities and enabling timely diagnosis and treatment by a physician.

What is an EKG (Electrocardiogram)?

An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) uses temporary electrodes on your chest and limbs to monitor, track and document your heart’s electrical activity (which controls your heartbeats) for diagnostic purposes. A computer translates the information into a wave pattern your healthcare provider can interpret. This is a quick, noninvasive test that doesn’t hurt.

EKG (Electrocardiogram) Procedure

  1. Electrodes (sensors) are attached to the body by a technician.
  2. The patient lies supine on a bed.
  3. The machine processes the electrical signals and displays them as a graph.
  4. A doctor interprets the results and makes a diagnosis. The process takes about 5-10 minutes.

Who Should Get an EKG (Electrocardiogram)?

  • Everyone should have an EKG at least once a year.
  • Individuals with suspected heart disease symptoms, such as chest tightness and fatigue.
  • Patients with underlying health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
  • Those with a family history of heart disease.
  • Individuals aged 40 and above.
  • Patients scheduled for surgery.
  • Individuals with a family history of sudden cardiac death (SCD).

Advantages of an EKG (Electrocardiogram)

  • Quick and easy procedure, taking only 5-10 minutes
  • Suitable for all ages and genders
  • Painless and non-invasive
  • No need to fast or restrict fluids
  • Results aid in diagnosing heart conditions
  • Provides a comprehensive assessment of heart health
  • Early detection of abnormalities leads to prompt treatment and reduces complications

Preparing for an EKG (Electrocardiogram)

No special preparation is required for an EKG. However, inform the technician if you are taking any medications, supplements, or vitamins, or if you have any cardiac devices like a pacemaker. It is recommended to wear loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to the chest for electrode placement.

Longa Heart Health Medical Center is a center for vascular and heart disease without surgery. We offer EKG services and other heart-related diagnostic procedures. For more information, please contact us at 099 986 8443.