EKG

Pinnacle Primary Clinic

Family Practice located in Bakersfield, CA

An EKG is a standard test for those who are at risk for or showing symptoms of heart problems. Pinnacle Primary Care offers onsite EKG testing, so you don’t have to make a special trip to have the test. Dr. Gohar Gevorgyan, Dr. Fakruddin Hasta, physician assistant Eural Gordon, and nurse practitioner Renee Rocha help make sure your heart is healthy. If you’re looking for a practice in Bakersfield, California that’s equipped to handle heart issues, call or click “book now” to meet with one of their providers.

EKG Q & A

What is an EKG?

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a quick, painless heart test that records electrical signals from your heart. The test doesn’t emit any electrical charge — it only picks up on electrical impulses — so you won’t experience an electrical shock.

The test consists of wires, connected to a heart monitor, that attach to your skin with electrodes, and a medical technician usually performs it. Pinnacle Primary Care provides convenient in-house EKG testing.

How does an EKG work?

During the test, you can lie back comfortably on an exam table. A technician prepares the test by sticking adhesive patches with the electrodes at various locations on your chest and limbs. The test takes only a few minutes, and you won’t feel anything during it.

During the test, the EKG detects the timing and strength of your heart’s electrical impulses. The electrodes pick up on those impulses and translate them into waves on a graph, either on a screen or paper.

After the test, your doctor will analyze the results and discuss them with you. If the test turns out normal, you may not need further testing. If it picks up irregularities, your doctor may request follow-up testing.

When would I need an EKG?

Pinnacle Primary Care may recommend an EKG in the following circumstances:

  • During a physical exam, if you have a history or risk of heart disease
  • As part of your lab work, if recommended
  • If you’re experiencing heart symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, or rapid pulse
  • To check how your pacemaker or other heart treatments are working

What health conditions can an EKG detect?

An EKG can detect heart rate, rhythm, and structural abnormalities. Your provider may also use an EKG to detect the following health conditions:

  • Irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia
  • Blocked or narrowed arteries, or coronary heart disease
  • Current or previous heart attack
  • Structural problems in the heart

If you need to schedule an EKG, check with Pinnacle Primary Care online or over the phone for available appointments.