EKG Specialist

E. Martin Maida, MD -  - Internist

E. Martin Maida, MD

Internist & Internal Medicine located in Livingston, NJ

Cardiovascular diseases affect close to 85 million Americans every year. In many cases, patients don’t exhibit any symptoms until it’s too late. E. Martin Maida, MD, provides expert diagnostic care to men and women at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey, to flag dangerous symptoms. With an electrocardiogram, Dr. Maida can effectively monitor your heart and track any abnormalities. Call or go online today to book an appointment and stay on top of your heart health.

EKG Q & A

What is an EKG?

An EKG, also known as an electrocardiogram, is a test that measures your heart’s activity.

Dr. Maida recommends taking an EKG if you have a family history of heart disease or if you’ve exhibited symptoms, such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeat

An EKG can detect a handful of diseases, though the most common one it tests for is coronary heart disease, a condition in which blood vessels to the heart are partially blocked. 

What happens during an EKG?

An EKG is a painless, quick, and risk-free test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. The entire test typically doesn’t take more than 10 minutes.

During the test, Dr. Maida attaches 12 electrode patches to your chest, arms, and legs to record images of your heart at different angles. The images capture the ways in which your blood moves throughout your body. The images are immediately available for review.

If you’re suffering from a cardiovascular condition, the EKG will flag it. It can also identify any other abnormalities, including:

  • Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • High or low electrolyte levels
  • Signs of a past heart attack
  • Heart enlargement due to hypertension
  • An abnormal thickness of the heart
  • Abnormal structure of the heart

It’s important to speak with Dr. Maida if you think you might be suffering from a heart condition. The earlier he can run the test and offer treatment, the better the chance you have of preventing a severe heart-related issue.

What if an EKG result comes back as abnormal?

An abnormal EKG result can have many meanings, though they often will fall within the realm of normalcy. In some cases, your results might show an abnormality if your heart’s rhythm exhibits a variation that doesn’t affect your health.

In other cases, an abnormal EKG result can show signs of a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or a dangerous arrhythmia.

How should you prepare for an EKG?

You should eat and drink normally on the day of your test. Since Dr. Maida places sticky electrodes on your skin, you’ll want to avoid using oily moisturizers or anything that might hinder the electrodes from sticking. It will also be important to inform Dr. Maida about any medication you might be using, as some might interfere with the test.

To stay on top of your heart health, book an appointment online or over the phone with E. Martin Maida, MD today.