EEEEEEEK! An EKG!
When you hear the term “EKG,” do you immediately think of a high-tech medical test that involves all kinds of time and procedures? Well, Kim Mould, director of cardiopulmonary services at MHP is here to calm your nerves!
EKG stands for electrocardiogram. This test uses adhesive pads called electrodes that are placed on your arms, legs and chest to keep track of the electrical activity of your heart. The procedure doesn’t involve any pokes or prods and is done in around 10 minutes, so there’s no reason to fear!
Why would you need an EKG anyways? Well, if your heart is literally skipping a beat, your provider may order this test to make sure your ticker is right on time. Other reasons may include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Medication side effects
- Pacemaker performance
- Recent heart attack or risk for heart attack
- Upcoming surgery
Pretty good reasons to have an EKG, right? The best part is, you don’t have to worry about taking a whole day off of work to go to the big city for one, you can get it right here in town! Plus, they are quick and don’t require an appointment; they can be completed on your own time any day between 7:00 am and 6:30 pm. Pop in over your lunch break or before and after work. Not only will your ticker be tocking, you won’t have to feed the meter!
Once the test is complete, your results will be sent to your provider who will then review the peaks and dips in your heart activity to see if there are any causes for concern. Should there be some maintenance required, MHP Cardiopulmonary Services and our visiting Cardiologists are here to help.
Published Apr 6, 2017
Kim Mould is the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Mahaska Health Partnership. She is a registered respiratory therapist and has extensive years of experience in patient care and management. In her spare time, Kim enjoys exercise, trying new restaurants and participating in a variety of sports.