Our Jesup doctors offer electrocardiography, also known as EKG. This valuable procedure reports electronic signals which come before the contractions of the heart. Truth be told there is utterly no discomfort to the patient throughout this short procedure, which can be used pertaining to the diagnosis of various problems and conditions of the heart including:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pericarditis (Inflammation of the lining around the heart)
  • Arrhythmia
  • Coronary Thrombosis

How an EKG is conducted:

Your Jesup doctors ask for you to lay down, and a few sections on your torso, legs and arms are going to be cleaned. Electrodes, that are small patches that have adhesive on one side, are put at those places.

The quantity of electrodes applied may differ, and they are linked by electrical wires to a device which changes the electronic activity of the heart to wavy lines onto a moving chart which can be analyzed by the health care provider.

You simply must lay still, and it’s also imperative that you are calm and comfortable throughout the test. Movements, shakes, coughs or even shivering can affect the results.

After a good quality recording is achieved, all the electrical wires are disconnected from the electrodes, and the electrodes are removed. Patients may encounter extremely slight distress during the removal of the electrodes (they’re pulled off your skin, very similar to the way an adhesive bandage is).

It’s very helpful to mention again that electrocardiography is pain-free, and there’s no electrical energy delivered to the body. Initially, electrodes could feel cold at the time they are initially put on, and a few individuals could have a slight rash develop in the places where the electrodes were put on your skin.

Irregularities are revealed to the Jesup physicians, that carry out the examination in our medical facility. Typically the lengthiest portion of the whole exam is cleaning the skin and putting the electrodes on to the skin – the real electronic recording merely takes a couple of seconds.

The things our medical professionals look out for in the graph or chart will be to determine if the chambers of the heart are contracting with a normal, regular rhythm. Irregularities on the chart might indicate ventricular fibrillation, an entire heart blockage, insufficient amounts of blood or oxygen supplied to the heart, hypertrophy or arterial fibrillation.

Anyone who’s presumed having cardiovascular diseases can have an EKG taken by our Wayne County physicians to get an initial perspective of presumed cardiovascular concerns.

To learn more with regards to our electrocardiography services, contact Headley Family Medicine at (912) 427-7400 or fill out their contact form to receive additional information.