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Electrocardiogram Specialist

Mez, Tan & Sarante

Primary Care & Medical Aesthetics located in Eldersburg, MD

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a common and painless test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. The team of board-certified physicians at Mez, Tan, & Sarante offers EKGs on-site at their office in Eldersburg, Maryland. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule a convenient, in-office EKG.


What is an electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram, commonly called an EKG, is a quick and simple test that shows the rhythm of your heartbeat. This noninvasive test can detect many common heart problems, including arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat.

For your convenience, the team at Mez, Tan, & Sarante performs EKG tests right in their office. During an EKG, your provider attaches several small, sticky patches to your chest, legs, and arms. These patches are electrodes that record electrical signals from your heart. No electrical current runs into your body at any time. 

Why would I need an electrocardiogram?

An EKG is a common test to diagnose and monitor heart problems that occur in people of all ages. The team at Mez, Tan, & Sarante may perform an EKG if you experience any of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Rapid pulse
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or confusion
  • Weakness or decreased ability to exercise

They may also use an EKG to monitor your heart health if you have a known problem, such as arrhythmia or a previous heart attack. An EKG can help determine whether a heart disease treatment, such as a pacemaker, is working effectively. 

What should I expect from an electrocardiogram?

A standard EKG doesn’t require any special preparations. Before the test, you may need to change into a hospital gown and lay down on an exam table. An EKG is a pain-free test and only takes a few minutes. 

The EKG technician attaches about 10-12 electrodes to your chest and limbs. In some cases, they may need to shave the hair from your skin to secure the electrode properly. Each electrode has a wire that attaches to the EKG monitor. You can breathe normally but otherwise should lie as still as possible while they record your heartbeat. 

After the test, your physician reviews the results of your EKG. If the test reveals a heart problem, they develop an individualized treatment plan. They may also refer you to a cardiologist for additional tests. You can resume normal activities right away. 

If you need an EKG, call the office of Mez, Tan, & Sarante, or request an appointment online today.