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EKG Specialist

Clinica San Miguel

Family Medicine located in Dallas, Houston, Arlington, Fresno, & Pasadena, TX

An electrocardiogram (EKG) gives your doctor vital information regarding your heart health. At Clinica San Miguel, which has 11 locations throughout Texas, including three in Dallas, five in Houston, and one apiece in Fresno, Arlington, and Pasadena, the family medicine specialists offer onsite EKG testing for your comfort and convenience. To learn more about EKG testing, call Clinica San Miguel or schedule an appointment online today.

EKG Q & A

What is an EKG?

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test to evaluate heart problems. The test records the electrical signals in your heart to detect abnormalities, such as arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm) or blocked arteries. An EKG can also help determine whether you previously had a heart attack.

Why would I need an EKG?

The team at Clinica San Miguel may recommend an EKG if you’re displaying symptoms of heart problems, such as:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased pulse
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest pain

Heart conditions often run in families. If you have a family history of heart disease, heart attack, or other cardiovascular disorders, an EKG gives your doctor the information they need to create an individualized heart health plan for you.

What happens during an EKG?

The team performs EKG testing from the comfort of their office, so you don’t have to travel to an outside facility. When you arrive, you lie down on an exam table and your physician places electrodes on your chest and limbs. They may shave the area beforehand to allow better adhesion of the electrodes.

Once attached, the electrodes record the electrical signals in your heart and send the necessary information to an outside monitor. While it’s important to lie still during your test, you can breathe normally throughout the EKG.

What happens after an EKG?

The team at Clinica San Miguel reviews your results with you at your appointment. Your results may indicate:

Abnormal heart rhythm 

Arrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms that occur due to disruptions in the heart’s electrical signals.

Structural problems

Heart defects, enlarged heart chambers, and other problems can all cause structural abnormalities that may require additional treatment.

Abnormal heart rate

If your pulse is too slow or too fast to accurately record your heart rate, the team may order an EKG to investigate the issue.

Poor blood flow

Symptoms like chest pain can be telltale signs of poor blood flow to the heart. An EKG can help determine whether your heart is getting the oxygen it needs to function properly.

To learn more about EKG testing, call Clinica San Miguel or schedule an appointment online today.