At Minit Medical, we strive to offer a comprehensive range of urgent care health services for when you or a loved one are sick or injured. However, we also offer exceptional screening services for many different health issues. We are proud to offer electrocardiogram testing for patients who have warning signs for cardiac disease or heart attack.
Can an EKG test detect an arterial blockage?
Coronary artery disease, also referred to as CAD, is the most common cause of death for both women and men. Some signs that you may be experiencing an arterial blockage include shortness of breath and chest pain. CAD develops as plaque builds up in the arteries and can lead to serious health problems including heart attacks. An electrocardiograph test can provide information for your doctor that can tell them a lot about the health of your heart, including whether you have had a heart attack before. EKG tests are important because it is estimated that approximately half of the people who suffer heart attacks don’t realize it at the time. If you have had a heart attack, it can greatly increase your chance of having another, so undergoing EKG testing if you are at risk can be an important step toward developing a preventative treatment plan with your doctor.
How long does an EKG test take?
An electrocardiogram typically takes only about 10 minutes to complete. This includes applying the necessary electrodes to your chest, legs, and arms. During your EKG test, you will lie still as the EKG machine creates a digital read out of the electrical impulses that flow from your heart as it beats. This provides your doctor will valuable insight into how your heart works on a regular basis. Some patients may at some point require an EKG test be performed during different types of physical activity. At Minit Medical, we provide digital EKG tests that can provide important information about your cardiac health. We can send your EKG test results to your primary care physician so they may be kept in your file for future reference and to provide a complete picture of your health now and in the future.
What can an EKG test tell my doctor?
Your EKG test results will tell your doctor a lot about your heart health. It can help them see how well your heart works by showing them whether it functions appropriately. An EKG test can show any abnormalities in your heart rhythm, can help detect arterial blockages, or demonstrate anatomical problems within the chambers of your heart. Having this information can help your doctor understand your cardiac health, so they can provide you with lifestyle information and preventative care that you need in order to avoid further complications. Your heart health is essential to living a long a full life. You should be honest with your doctor about how you live your life, including your nutrition and exercise, so they can have a complete understanding of your physical well-being when addressing the results of your EKG test.
If you require EKG testing in the Kihei, HI area, contact Minit Medical or simply walk in when you need to see a doctor.