Walk-in EKG Questions and Answers
EKGs can provide invaluable information about your heart’s health and strength by measuring its electrical current. We are happy to deliver EKG services to you at Immediate Care of Oklahoma! For more information, call us! We serve patients from Edmond OK, Norman (24th) OK, Norman (HealthPlex) OK, West Moore OK, I-240 & Sooner Rd OK, Yukon OK, Valley Brook OK, and Bethany OK.
Do urgent cares do EKGS?
While not every urgent care clinic provides electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) services, there are many that do! At Immediate Care of Oklahoma, we are proud to be one of the many urgent care clinics to provide EKG services to our great patients at each of our six clinics. Our clinics possess the latest in electrocardiogram technology so that we can give you the best possible electrocardiogram service!
While we are happy to provide you with EKG services at Immediate Care of Oklahoma, we urge you to go to the emergency room if you are experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack, including any of the following:
- Chest pain, experienced as uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or fullness in the center of your chest, and can spread to your arms, back, jaw, neck, or shoulders
- Cold sweat
- Faintness, light-headedness, or weakness
- Shortness of breath
What can be diagnosed with an EKG?
Numerous conditions can be diagnosed and monitored with the help of an electrocardiogram, including those affecting your heart, lungs, and even your electrolyte count! The following is a list of conditions that an EKG can diagnose or monitor:
- Abnormal heart rhythms, also known as arrhythmias, which can be fast, irregular, or slow
- Coronary heart disease (CAD), or blocked or narrow arteries that cause chest pain or a heart attack
- Damaged heart muscles
- Effectiveness of heart condition treatments, such as a pacemaker
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Enlarged heart, also known as cardiomegaly
- Ischemia, or inadequate oxygen flow to the heart muscles
- Lung disease
- Monitor heart attack recovery or heart disease progressions
- Pericarditis, in which there is inflammation in the sac that surrounds the heart called the pericardium
- Previous or active heart attacks
- Rule out heart disease for those about to undergo surgery
What should you avoid before EKG?
While there are no detailed preparations to take before having an EKG performed on you, you may want to avoid drinking cold water, exercising, or smoking in the hours or minutes before the test, as these can affect the readings that the EKG will give. It is also a good idea to inform the doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking before they perform the EKG service.
For any more information on what to avoid before an EKG, feel free to call our specialists at Immediate Care of Oklahoma at the clinic nearest you!
When should an EKG be done?
If you show symptoms or risk factors of heart conditions such as an enlarged heart or heart disease, it is a good time to get checked out with an EKG. Risk factors for an enlarged heart, or cardiomegaly, include high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, anemia, pulmonary hypertension, and others. Heart disease symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, as well as heavy or irregular heartbeats. EKGs are also done if you have a family or personal history of diabetes or heart disease.
If you are looking for a great clinic to receive quick, walk-in EKG services, we would love to see you at Immediate Care of Oklahoma. We are happy to accept walk-in appointments at all seven of our different locations, so no appointment is necessary! You can find us in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, and Yukon, Oklahoma.