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How Long Does an EKG Take?

Your heart health matters to us. At Coastal Urgent Care of Gonzales, we offer EKGs 7 days a week. These comprehensive tests are a quick and painless way to check on the health of your heart.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, rapid heartbeat or shortness of breath, an EKG may be the best test to check the health of your heart. Don’t delay testing or diagnosis; visit your local urgent care or emergency room for evaluation and treatment as quickly as possible.

An EKG, or electrocardiogram, is a painless and straightforward procedure that can instantly check the health of your heart.

Each time your heart beats, it lets off an electrical signal. An EKG picks up the electrical signals and measures them to check for abnormalities. The review of this electrical signal allows your provider to determine if your heart is beating at an average rate, strength and rhythm.

An EKG also shows the size and position of your heart and its chambers.

How is an EKG performed?

An EKG is an outpatient procedure performed at your local clinic, emergency room or neighborhood urgent care center.

During the procedure, the provider will place small sensors, or electrodes, to specific areas of your body that could include the chest, back, arms and legs. The electrodes are attached to the skin by a sticky pad and connected to an electrical wire that transmits your specific EKG readings to a monitor for review.

The readings are printed out for review by the provider, who will check for indications of:

  • A heartbeat that is too fast or too slow
  • Inadequate blood supply to the heart
  • Results that could indicate a heart attack
  • An aneurysm, or bulge in the walls of the heart
  • Thickening of the heart
  • Enlarged heart size

No special preparation is required before an EKG procedure.

How long does an EKG take?

Set up for an EKG is fast and painless. It typically takes just a few minutes. The actual testing time varies by person but is usually no more than 10 minutes. In fact, most active readings only last 2-3 minutes.

Results are instant and can be reviewed during the same appointment for a thorough diagnosis, including treatment planning.

Why would I need an EKG?

EKGs are performed for a variety of reasons to check for a heart condition with symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arrhythmia

You may also require an EKG if you:

  • Have a history of heart attack or other heart-related conditions
  • Have a pacemaker
  • Have a family history of heart-related health problems
  • Are taking certain heart medications
  • Are going into surgery

Does Coastal Urgent Care of Gonzales perform EKGs?

Yes, our experienced team is available 7 days a week to provide you with fast and reliable heart-related screenings, including an EKG, for painless diagnosis and treatment.

No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are always welcome. Don’t wait another day, especially if you are experiencing chest pain; let our compassionate medical team at Coastal Urgent Care of Gonzales help you feel better sooner.