Ochaney Medical Associates, LLC
Primary Care Physicians & Internal Medicine located in Glen Burnie, MD
If you regularly experience chest pain, heart palpitations, or shortness of breath, an EKG can pinpoint the underlying cause and help guide treatment. At his practice in Glen Burnie, Maryland, Mahesh S. Ochaney, MD, offers EKGs to people 18 and older. To schedule an appointment, call the office, or book online today. You can also schedule telehealth services during normal business hours, after business hours, or on weekends.
What is an EKG?
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a diagnostic screening that measures and records your heart’s electrical impulses. It’s a non-invasive and pain-free way to diagnose potentially serious cardiovascular health problems.
Dr. Ochaney offers EKGs to people of all ages. EKG is a quick, outpatient procedure that requires no recovery period or downtime.
Why would I need an EKG?
Dr. Ochaney uses EKGs to detect and diagnose various heart-related health problems, including:
- Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmias)
- Blocked or narrowed arteries
- Heart attacks
- Coronary artery disease
You might also benefit from an EKG if you have an implantable device like a pacemaker. An EKG can help Dr. Ochaney determine the effectiveness of treatment.
How do I prepare for an EKG?
EKGs require no special preparation. At your initial consultation, let Dr. Ochaney know about any prescription medication, supplements, or vitamins you take regularly. That’s because certain drugs may affect the results of your test.
What does an EKG involve?
An EKG occurs in three simple steps:
Step one - preparation
On the day of the EKG, you arrive at the office and change into a hospital gown. If you have hair on areas of your body where Dr. Ochaney places the electrodes, he shaves it, so the patches stick. Afterward, you lie down on an exam table.
Step two - EKG
Dr. Ochaney places 12 electrodes on your chest and limbs. The electrodes connect to wires that monitor the electric signals your heart makes. The electrodes send this information back to a computer which records the information and displays it on a monitor.
During the EKG, continue to breathe normally but lie very still. If you move or talk, it may affect the results of your test.
Step three - results
Following your EKG, Dr. Ochaney explains the results in-depth. If you have any questions, feel free to bring them up at this time.
If your EKG is normal, you can return to normal activities right away. If Dr. Ochaney detects an abnormality, he might recommend additional tests like an echocardiogram.
Is an EKG safe?
EKGs are safe and typically well-tolerated. You don’t have to worry about an electrical shock because the electrodes don’t produce electricity. When Dr. Ochaney removes the electrodes, you might feel some minor discomfort, similar to having a bandage removed, but this should subside quickly.
Don’t wait to schedule an EKG at the practice of Mahesh S. Ochaney, MD. Call the office to make an appointment, or book online today.