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An electrocardiogram or EKG is a simple test that detects electrical activity of the heart, and it's usually followed up with a stress test. Also known as an exercise stress test, this means that your heart will be launched into fight or flight mode on either a treadmill or stationary bike to prevent heart disease. You only have one heart, and Dr. Virginia Gonzalez dedicates herself to helping you keep yours in optimal health. If you have a family history of heart disease, recently suffered a heart attack, or experience chest pain that makes you nervous, schedule a consultation in our West Monroe, LA office as soon as possible.
EKG and Stress Tests
At Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez may recommend EKG and stress tests for a couple of reasons. The purpose they serve is searching for any indicators of non-coronary and coronary artery disease and they're conveniently performed in our West Monroe, LA, office. An EKG lets Dr. Gonzalez know how your heart is working by measuring its activity. If you're at high risk for heart disease or are already displaying symptoms, you may be required to run on a treadmill or peddle on a stationary bike to monitor the heart's resting and maximum rate. The EKG will record this activity from beginning to end. Each test has different phases, and often, results are immediately available following completion.
When to Visit a Cardiologist
After you've experienced a health emergency, like a heart attack, a cardiologist visit should be number one on your list. And we think your primary care physician would agree. You should never ignore chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, or shortness of breath. If you have a family history of heart disease, this can raise your risk of developing the same problem. Other reasons to consider a visit to the cardiologist include being diabetic, are or were a smoker, or having high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
If you're experiencing cardiovascular symptoms that you suspect might be cause for concern, schedule a consultation with Dr. Virginia Gonzalez. She will run a series of EKGs and stress tests to achieve a proper diagnosis and determine how the heart is functioning. Your cardiovascular health is our top priority. For more information about other conditions we treat and services provided at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center APMC, visit our website. Please call (318) 338-3540 for appointment scheduling in our West Monroe, LA, and Winnsboro, LA office.
Electrocardiograms (i.e. EKG) and cardiac stress tests are two common diagnostic tools to help your cardiologist diagnose a variety of serious heart conditions. Easy and non-invasive, these two tests are available here at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, and they very well could end up saving your life—read on to learn how!
More about EKG and Cardiac Stress Tests
When you have an EKG, small electrodes are placed on the skin of your chest, arms, and legs. These electrodes monitor the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG is a vital diagnostic tool which is useful to detect:
- Decreased blood flow to your heart muscle
- Abnormal changes or thickening of the heart muscle
- Abnormal changes in heart rhythm
- Any signs you have had a heart attack
When you undergo a cardiac stress test, you are hooked up to heart monitoring equipment. During the test, you walk on a treadmill at both a speed and incline that is gradually increasing. As your heart becomes stimulated to work harder, the equipment records your heart rate and blood pressure, which is then reviewed by your cardiologist.
However, sometimes walking on a treadmill is not possible, especially for people with arthritis or foot problems. In these cases, a nuclear stress test is recommended. A nuclear stress test uses medication to stimulate heart function instead of the treadmill, and it is useful to detect:
- Signs or symptoms of coronary artery disease
- Causes of chest pain or breathing problems
- The possibility of a future heart attack
- How much activity and exercise you can tolerate safely
Concerned About Your Heart Health? Give Us a Call
To learn more about cardiac testing and treatment, call Dr. Virginia Gonzalez at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, with offices in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA. Dial (318) 338-3540 now to protect your heart!