When it comes to testing the health of your heart, one of the first stops is the electrocardiogram, or EKG, which delivers valuable information about how your heart is functioning. Under the experienced direction of Carleo Capili, MD, and Regina Capili, MD, Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center offers EKG testing to patients in Grapevine, Texas, allowing them to stay one step ahead of cardiovascular problems. For more information, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

EKG Q & A

What is an EKG?

An EKG stands for electrocardiogram, and it’s a diagnostic tool for identifying any abnormalities in your heart rhythm. With every beat, an electrical impulse runs through your heart, giving the muscle the power it needs to deliver oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body.

With an EKG, the doctors at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center can measure your heart activity by tracking and timing each electrical impulse as it travels through your heart. An EKG also measures the amount of electricity that travels through your heart to determine whether one area may be overburdened.

When would I need an EKG?

Any time your doctor at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center suspects that your heart may be the underlying cause of your problem, they order an EKG. To give you an idea of when they might order an EKG, here’s a look at some of the most common symptoms of heart trouble:

  • Fluttering sensation in your chest
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea or digestive problems
  • Pain that radiates down your arm or into your jaw
  • Excessive snoring

If you’re feeling any of these symptoms, please make an appointment sooner rather than later.

How is an EKG test performed?

The EKG testing process is very simple — your doctor simply attaches electrodes to various points on your body — and a machine records the electrical activity.

In a matter of minutes, your doctor has the information they need to determine whether your heart activity plays a role in your complaint.

What are the next steps after an EKG?

There’s no single answer to this, as it depends on what the EKG uncovers. If the electrical activity in your heart looks to be within perfectly normal limits, your doctor looks elsewhere for the cause of your symptoms.

If your doctor finds evidence of a malfunction or even a heart attack, they determine which steps to take based on your medical history and current health.

For comprehensive testing of your heart activity using an EKG, call Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center or use the online scheduling tool to set an appointment.