Dr. Eko is a local leading expert in a number of key areas. As an internist and general medicine practitioner, Dr. Eko specializes in several procedures and diagnostic testing.
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The thought of getting an EKG can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The test itself is quite simple and straightforward, especially when administered by a caring and empathetic physician, which patients find at Eko Internal Medicine.
If a patient needs an EKG, it will be scheduled as soon as possible. The test is designed to help identify a number of potential issues, some of which are rather serious which is why immediate scheduling is preferred. The test is not only used to diagnose conditions but also to determine their severity. An EKG can also be used to monitor the treatment of several conditions, including:
- Cardiomyopathy, enlarged or thickened heart muscle
- Cardia arrhythmias, heartbeats that are too slow, overall irregular, or too fast.
- Congenital heart defects, including any birth defects that impact the heart
- Heart attack, which is the death of a part of the heart muscle. A heart attack is typically the result of a coronary artery disease and a blood clot that has blocked the flow of blood to the heart.
- Coronary heart disease, or CAD, which is plaque buildup on the coronary arteries’ walls. It is these arteries that supply the heart with blood.
- Heart failure, a weakened heart that is unable to pump enough blood throughout the body
- Heart valve disease, which can include leaky valves and narrowed valves
- Pericarditis, which is inflammation of the sac around the heart.
- Heart murmur, which is an abnormal or unusual heart detectable with a stethoscope
Dr. Eko will ensure patients who need an EKG receive one as quickly as possible to help ensure that any issues are identified as early as possible, ensuring swift treatment. There are a few of different EKG tests available and Dr. Eko will determine which is best suited for the patient’s concerns and symptoms. Also taken into consideration is the overall health of the patient. For example, some patients are not candidates for all types of EKG’s available, most notably the stress test. EKG options include:
- Standard EKG
- Holter Monitor
- Stress Test
- Cardiac Event Recorder
A standard EKG involves measuring the heart’s electrical activity when the patient is relaxed, typically in a semi-reclining or full-reclining position. This is the most common kind of EKG performed. There is no discomfort with this test and patients should be able to be fully relaxed while the test is being performed.
A Holter monitor EKG records the heart’s electrical activity for a time period of 24 hours. The patient wears an electronic EKG recorder during that time period. This type of EKG is typically used to diagnose abnormal or irregular heartbeats. There is no discomfort associated with this type of EKG though some patients are less than excited to wear the recorder for a full day.
A stress test is an EKG performed while the patient is exercising. It is also often referred to as the treadmill test, as it is usually performed while the patient is on a treadmill. A stationary bike is also an option. Overall, this type of EKG serves to show how the heart functions while the patient is exercising. This can help to diagnose conditions such as coronary artery disease or other forms of heart disease. If a patient cannot engage in the actual stress test, there are medications that can be administered that help to mimic the effect exercise would have on the patient’s heart. Then the test can be effectively performed without the patient having to walk on the treadmill or pedal on the stationary bike.
A cardiac event recorder is an EKG that is administered over a longer period of time, typically up to a year or even longer. The cardiac event recorder is portable so that it can record the patient’s heart’s electrical activity over time and when the patient is having symptoms. There are implantable loop recorders that can be placed just under the skin in the chest. These record the heart’s activity continuously. This test is most useful for those patients that have trends of symptoms or only experience symptoms at certain times. The recording will show when the patient is experiencing symptoms over a lengthy period.