If you’re experiencing symptoms that indicate heart trouble, it can be a worrying time for you and your family. Philip Baldeo, MD, of Liberty Medical Services in South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, is an experienced physician who uses advanced electrocardiogram (EKG) technology to record the electrical activity in your heart, enabling him to provide a timely diagnosis of your condition. If you have any concerns about your heart, or you need a routine physical, call Liberty Medical Services today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
EKG, or ECG, is short for electrocardiogram, which is a diagnostic test that Dr. Baldeo at Liberty Medical Services uses to see how well your heart is functioning. The EKG machine records the electrical activity in your heart through electrodes stuck onto your chest and several of the large blood vessels in your arms and legs.
Dr. Baldeo can see from the EKG readings whether you:
He can also check on any existing abnormalities such as a thickened heart muscle.
A standard EKG is a completely painless procedure; you simply lay on the examination table with small electrodes stuck to strategic places on your body and limbs with adhesive pads. If you have a hairy chest or legs, you may need shaving to ensure there’s good contact with your skin.
The EKG machine reads the electrical impulses in your heart and creates a picture on a computer monitor for Dr. Baldeo to analyze. The test itself takes very little time at the Liberty Medical Services office; in fact, it takes longer to attach the electrodes than it does to record your heart function.
As well as the standard resting EKG, you may need an EKG that measures your heart’s activity when you’re exercising on a treadmill. There are also other forms of EKG:
A portable EKG that you wear continuously for 24 to 48 hours to monitor your heart rhythm or check blood flow to the heart. You wear the monitor as you carry out your normal day-to-day activities, making a note of what you’re doing throughout the test period.
A portable EKG that you wear for several weeks or months when your symptoms aren’t constant. Whenever you notice symptoms, you push a button to record the electrical activity in your heart.
A more sophisticated version of the standard EKG that analyzes your risk of heart arrhythmia, a condition that often develops prior to a heart attack.
An EKG is one of the routine tests Dr. Baldeo carries out during your annual physical exam, or when you need a certificate of fitness, along with blood work. You may also need blood tests if you’re having an EKG because you’ve been experiencing problems with your heart.
Whether you need a routine physical or you have symptoms affecting your heart, Dr. Baldeo can carry out the appropriate tests, including an EKG, so call Liberty Medical Services today, or book an appointment online.