Electrocardiogram - EKG


When it comes to heart health, timely and accurate diagnosis can make all the difference. If you've been feeling unexpected chest discomfort or palpitations that make you worry about your heart, it may be time for an electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG or EKG service. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we specialize in using ECGs to detect and manage heart conditions effectively. Our skilled team ensures that you understand the process and your results so you can have the knowledge needed to manage your heart health. 

What Is an Electrocardiogram?

Each heartbeat sends an electrical impulse that triggers the heart to pump blood. An ECG provides two major kinds of information: the time it takes for an electrical wave to pass through the heart and the amount of electrical activity passing through the heart's muscle, which can indicate if the heart is too large or overworked. Small, flat, sticky patches called electrodes are placed on the chest and limbs. These electrodes are connected by wires to an EKG machine, which picks up the electrical signals from different parts of your heart. The entire procedure most often takes just a few minutes and is painless.

How Electrocardiograms Are Used in Emergency Medicine

In emergency medicine, the ECG is an indispensable tool. It is often one of the first tests done on patients experiencing symptoms of heart attacks, like chest pain or shortness of breath. It can quickly assess the heart's electrical activity so doctors can determine whether a heart attack is occurring, the type of heart attack, and the best course of treatment. They can also help diagnose other conditions that might not be directly related to the heart but manifest through the cardiovascular system, such as electrolyte imbalances and some types of poisoning. 

How to Prepare for Your First ECG

Avoid using oily or greasy skin lotions and creams on the day of the test because they can prevent the electrodes from sticking properly. Wear a shirt that is easily removed to place the electrodes on the chest. If you're wearing stockings, you might need to remove them so electrodes can be placed on the legs. Also, be sure to inform your doctor about all the medications you take, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Some medications might affect the results of your EKG service, so your doctor may ask you to skip a dose prior to the test. However, this should only be done under medical advice.

Electrocardiogram - EKG
Electrocardiogram - EKG

Understanding the Results

The ECG generates a graph with lines that represent each electrical phase of your heartbeat. Here are a few key components typically analyzed:

  • P wave: Shows the electrical impulse starting in the atria.
  • QRS complex: Shows electrical impulses passing through the ventricles.
  • T wave: Shows the recovery phase of the ventricles.

Your cardiovascular doctor will look at these waves for rate, rhythm, and uniformity. Deviations from the norm can indicate potential heart issues that may need further investigation or management.

Common Abnormalities Found in Electrocardiograms

ECGs can reveal several types of heart abnormalities. Some common issues detected include:

  • Arrhythmias: These are irregular heartbeats. They can be too fast, too slow, or erratic.
  • Cardiomyopathy: This condition makes it hard for your heart to pump blood, which may lead to an enlarged heart.
  • Coronary artery disease: Blockages in the heart's arteries can reduce or block blood flow, which might be evident from the ECG.
  • Heart attacks: An ECG can show whether one of the heart's chambers is not getting enough blood.
  • Pericarditis: The inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart, which can alter the ECG pattern.

Do You Need to Schedule an Electrocardiogram? 

An ECG is an essential tool in diagnosing and managing these and other cardiovascular issues. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, our team uses the latest technology coupled with professional analysis to ensure you receive the best care possible. Contact our team to learn more about this service or to schedule a consultation. 

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair