EKG Specialist

An EKG test is an excellent way to detect a number of heart problems. In Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Ajay Reddy offers state-of-the-art electrocardiograms and other effective diagnostic testing methods to help you gain a clear picture of your heart health. Dr. Reddy can assess your risks and determine the best ways to lower them. Take care of your heart with the help of a skilled specialist.

What is an EKG?

An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a test that records the electrical signals in your heart. Dr. Reddy uses an EKG to assess the health of your heart and detect any abnormalities.

Dr. Reddy might discuss the results the same day as your test or during your follow-up appointment.

How does an EKG work?

An electrical impulse triggers each of your heartbeats. The impulse is normally generated from pacemaker cells in a chamber of your heart. An EKG records the timing and strength of these signals as they travel through your heart.

EKG tests can effectively gather information from 12 different areas of your heart and record the electrical activity as waves on a graph. The different patterns correspond to each electrical phase of your heartbeat.

An EKG usually only takes a few minutes. During your EKG, you might be asked to wear a hospital gown. You lie on an examining table or bed, and Dr. Reddy places electrodes on your chest and sometimes on your limbs.

Each electrode patch has a wire attached to a machine that records your heart’s electrical activity. If you have hair on certain body parts where the electrodes need to be placed, Dr. Reddy might need to remove the hair.

Following your EKG test, you can resume your normal daily activities.

Why would I need an EKG?

Dr. Reddy might recommend an EKG test to assist in the diagnosis of a number of common heart problems, including:

  • A previous heart attack
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Structural problems within the heart chambers

Dr. Reddy may want to use an EKG to assess how well some ongoing heart disease treatments, such as a pacemaker, are working or to see if blocked or narrowed arteries in your heart are presenting a high risk of heart attack or causing chest pain.

If you experience a rapid pulse, heart palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, and shortness of breath, Dr. Reddy might recommend an EKG to rule out any medical complications relating to your heart.

An EKG is a great way for Dr. Reddy to examine critical aspects of your heart health, such as your heart rate and rhythm. It can check if you have an adequate supply of oxygen and blood going to your heart.

If you have concerns or questions about your heart health, visit Dr. Reddy for appropriate and accurate testing. Call or schedule here on the website.