Hackensack Primary Care
Sapna Singh, MD
Primary Care Physician located in Hackensack, NJ
If your heart is beating irregularly, and you’ve been feeling palpitations, fatigue, or dizziness, you may need an EKG to diagnose what exactly is going on with your heart. At Hackensack Primary Care in Hackensack, New Jersey, Dr. Sapna Singh offers immediate results with on-site EKG diagnostic and preventive testing for your peace of mind. To learn more about EKG testing, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
EKG Q & A
What is an EKG?
An electrocardiogram (EKG) records your heart’s electrical signals. Each time your heart beats, the EKG records the strength and time of each impulse as it moves through your heart. The test shows how fast your heart is beating and whether your heartbeat’s rhythm is steady or abnormal.
Dr. Singh uses this test to monitor your heart’s activity and identifies any defects that can potentially affect the health of your heart. An EKG can be useful in diagnosing common heart conditions, including:
- Structural issues
- Previous heart attack
- Narrowed or blocked arteries
Dr. Singh can also use an EKG to measure the success of current treatments for heart disease and conditions.
What can I expect during an EKG?
The EKG is on-site for your convenience. Dr. Singh administers the noninvasive, painless test in a comfortable office environment where you lie still on an examination table.
Dr. Singh connects 10 or more electrode sensors to several areas of your chest to monitor your heart’s activity. She may also place a few electrodes on your arms or legs. Any hair in the way of the electrodes may first need to be removed before the placement of the electrodes.
Once the electrodes are in place, you can sit back and relax while the EKG machine reads the electrical impulses of each heartbeat.
Why do I need an EKG?
Dr. Singh may recommend an EKG if you are experiencing symptoms, including:
- Chest pain
- Rapid heartbeat
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Lightheadedness and dizziness
- Unexplained weakness or fatigue
Dr. Singh may also recommend an electrocardiogram as a preventive screening tool if you have a family history of heart disease.
How long do I have to wait for results of an EKG?
The EKG’s output records as waves on a graph. Dr. Singh can analyze the results by reviewing the different graph patterns, and you can expect immediate results following your test.
Dr. Singh looks for consistent heart rhythms with a heart rate of 50-100 beats per minute. Slower or faster beat patterns can indicate problems. If results are normal, no further testing is likely necessary. If Dr. Singh discovers heart irregularities after an EKG, she may order additional diagnostic tests.
To ensure that your heart is healthy, book your EKG at Hackensack Primary Care by phone or schedule online today.