EKG

César R. Molina, M.D., FACC

Cardiologist & Internal Medicine Specialist located in Mountain View, CA

When unusual chest pain or palpitations rear their head, a proper understanding of your heart activity is essential to determining what could be wrong. An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a dependable medical device that allows providers to assess and monitor a heart’s electrical signals. At the office of César R. Molina, M.D., FACC in Mountain View, California, a fast and simple EKG scan from Dr. Molina can help provide answers to patient chest concerns. To learn more, call to schedule your consultation or book online.

EKG Q & A

What is an EKG?

An EKG, or electrocardiogram, is a medical device that monitors and records your heart’s electrical signals. This test is noninvasive and typically takes only a few minutes to provide results.

Why is an EKG performed?

By observing your heart’s electrical signals, Dr. Molina can assess several factors related to your heart health. These can include:

Heart rate

While your heart rate is usually measurable through your pulse, an EKG can offer Dr. Molina more accurate results.

Heart rhythm

An irregular heart rhythm can indicate a malfunction of your heart’s electrical system.

Heart attacks

An EKG scan can detect past incidences of heart attacks as well as determine when one is in progress.

Structural abnormalities

If structural abnormalities cause your chest or heart issues, an EKG can help pinpoint the exact nature of these issues.

Who needs an EKG?

Generally, Dr. Molina will provide an EKG if you’re experiencing one or several of the following symptoms:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Rapid pulse
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue or weakness

If you have a family history of heart disease, Dr. Molina might perform an EKG during a checkup, even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms as a preventative measure.

What can I expect during an EKG?

An EKG is a fast, safe procedure that doesn’t require any preparation on your part ahead of time. During the test, you’ll first put on a hospital gown and lay on a table. Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Molina will attach up to 10 electrodes to your chest and limbs. These electrodes stick to your skin using a light adhesive.

Once the electrodes are in place, Dr. Molina turns on the EKG to begin recording. You can simply breathe normally and relax during this process. After a few minutes, recording is complete and you’ll be able to re-dress.

Though you might need to stay following the test to discuss results, you can generally return to your normal daily activities following the test.

Are you experiencing unusual chest symptoms that have you worried? A quick EKG scan at the office of César R. Molina, M.D., FACC in Mountain View, California, can help identify any problems and put your mind at ease. Call to schedule your appointment or book online.