An electrocardiogram (commonly referred as an EKG) is a simple test that checks for issues with the electrical activity of a person’s heart. Measurements are obtained by the electrodes that are attached directly to the skin of a person’s chest.
The electrical impulses that are recorded allow physicians to review the patient’s heart activity and patterns. Some of the most common reasons an EKG is performed include:
- To check the heart’s electrical activity.
- To discover the cause of unexplained chest pain.
- To find out if the walls of the heart chambers are too thick (hypertrophied).
- To evaluate the performance and condition of mechanical devices that are implanted in the heart, such as a pacemaker.
- To check the condition and performance of a heart after a new medication is started.
- To check the overall health of the heart when related conditions are present and directly impact the condition of the heart. These diseases and conditions include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and family history of heart disease.
Our Neighborhood Walk-In Clinic is:
- Walk-in friendly
- Open 7 days a week 8am-8pm
- In-network for most Washington insurers
- Open extended hours
- Equipped with X-Ray and Lab on-site
- Staffed by Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners.