EKG services offered in Silver Spring, MD

If you've experienced chest pain, palpitations, or shortness of breath, you may need an EKG to assess your heart health. The experienced team at Washington Medical Clinic LLC in Silver Spring, Maryland, can provide the diagnostic testing you need. The team offers EKG testing from the comfort of their office, so you don’t need to travel to an outside clinic. Call the practice today or book an appointment online to schedule an EKG.


What is an EKG?

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a painless test that records your heart’s electrical activity. The team uses this test to help diagnose various heart conditions, including arrhythmias and heart attacks. During the test, the team attaches small electrodes to your chest, arms, and legs. The electrodes record your heart's electrical signals and display them on a monitor.

The results of the EKG can help the team determine the health and function of your heart and make appropriate treatment recommendations.

How does an EKG work?

During an EKG, the machine records the electrical activity of your heart. The electrodes that the team attaches pick up electrical impulses generated when the heart beats. The machine then displays this electrical activity on a graph called an electrocardiogram to show the heart's electrical cycle. The recording takes only a few seconds, while the entire test lasts for 10 minutes or less.

Why might I need an EKG?

The team at Washington Medical Clinic LLC may recommend an EKG to:

  • Investigate chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and other symptoms
  • Identify risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease
  • Assess the efficacy of certain medications
  • Monitor the heart’s electrical activity after a heart attack

After a comprehensive evaluation, the team can determine whether you may benefit from an EKG.

How do I prepare for an EKG?

There are a few steps you can take before an EKG to ensure your test is comfortable and effective. Before an EKG, you should:

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
  • Avoid using creams, oils, and perfumes
  • Refrain from caffeine and stimulants
  • Discontinue certain medications that can interfere with the results

The team provides personalized instructions to help you prepare for an EKG before you arrive for testing.

What can I expect after an EKG?

The team can interpret your results or consult a cardiologist after your EKG. If they detect any abnormalities, they may recommend additional testing, such as lab work or stress tests. The team may also prescribe medication to address any underlying heart problems. 

Understanding your heart health is crucial for a long and healthy life. To schedule an EKG with the experienced providers at Washington Medical Clinic LLC, call or book a visit online today.