An electrocardiogram, likewise known as an ECG or EKG is a test that’s capable of recording your heart’s electrical activity via small electrode patches that are placed on the skin of the chest, legs, and arms. With this painless, safe, and fast test, your cardiologist Dr. Daljit Muttiana of Cardiovascular Institute can:
- Check the rhythm of your heart
- Diagnose heart attacks
- Check if you have ischemia or poor blood flow to the heart
- Detect if you have significant electrolyte irregularities like low or high calcium or high potassium
- See if there are any abnormalities in your heart, like a thickened heart muscle
What to Expect During a Standard EKG Test
A technician or nurse will attach electrodes on strategic places on your chest, legs, and arms. You might need to shave off your chest hair, if you’re male, to ensure a clearer connection. You’ll need to lie flat during the EKG test while a computer generates an image of all the electrical impulses moving through your heart. Basically, this is known as resting EKG and can be also used for checking the heart while exercising.
The test typically takes approximately 10 minutes, including the electrode installation, but the recording actually takes several seconds. Your cardiologist will keep the results of your EKG on file here in our Tomball, TX, office for future comparisons.
Different Kinds of EKG Tests
Aside from the standard EKG test described above, your cardiologist might likewise recommend other types of EKG tests such as:
- Signal-Averaged EKG: This is used for checking to see if you have a high risk of developing heart arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, which could result in cardiac arrest.
- Event Monitor: This portable EKG device may be recommended by your cardiologist if your symptoms come and go sporadically. With the push of a button, the device will be able to record and store all the results amounting to several minutes. Depending on your cardiologist’s instructions, you might have to wear the device for weeks or several months.
- Holter Monitor: This is also a portable EKG device capable of checking the heart’s electrical impulses for a day or two, all throughout the day. Your cardiologist may recommend this test if he thinks you have palpitations, an irregular heart rhythm, or have inadequate blood flow to the heart. Once installed, you’ll be able to go about your daily tasks but you can’t shower. Your cardiologist will tell you to record the things you did that day and symptoms, if any, you noticed.
For More Information About EKG Tests, Give Us a Call
Dial (281) 357-5700 to schedule an evaluation with our cardiologist Dr. Daljit Muttiana at Cardiovascular Institute in Tomball, TX.
Seeing a cardiologist is truly a matter of the heart!
A cardiologist is a medical doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions and disorders of the heart. While most people just turn to their regular doctor if they aren’t feeling their best, you may not realize when it may actually be more prudent to visit a cardiologist instead. From the office of our Tomball, TX, cardiologist Dr. Daljit Muttiana, here are some signs that it may be time for you or a loved one to see a cardiologist.
You’re suddenly winded during activity
If you experience any kind of shortness of breath it’s a good idea to see a doctor; however, if you find that you are more winded and out of breath than is normal for your activity level or age this is a cause for concern. If you also experience trouble breathing when lying down then it’s time to see a cardiologist, as this could be a sign of a heart valve disorder such as atrial fibrillation.
You have high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure
Uncontrolled high cholesterol or high blood pressure can also lead to a heart attack. It’s important that if your cardiologist has diagnosed you with either or both of these health problems that you are taking the medication prescribed to you and improving your lifestyle through proper diet, routine exercise and stress management.
You have a family history of heart disease
Genetics are a major factor in whether someone may or may not develop heart disease over the course of their lifetime. The risk increases if you have a parent with heart disease. If you also have a family history of high blood pressure or diabetes this can also increase your risk for heart-related problems. You should undergo annual checkups with a cardiologist just to be on the safe side.
You experience chest pain
There are many reasons why someone may experience chest pain and some problems such as heartburn aren’t actually heart-related; however, since chest pain can be a sign of a heart attack, angina or a valvular disorder it’s important that you see your Tomball, TX, heart doctor to rule out heart problems.
You used to smoke
Smoking reduces how much oxygen flows to the heart. It can also increase plaque buildup within the heart and damage the arteries and blood vessels. Even if you quit smoking years ago it’s a good idea to have a cardiologist that can continue to monitor your heart health just in case a problem does arise.
Cardiovascular Institute in Tomball, TX, has been serving NW Houston and the surrounding areas for more than 12 years. If you are looking for a board-certified cardiologist for routine checkups or ongoing care, please call us at (281) 357-5700 to schedule your first appointment.
Want to improve heart health? Here’s how…
There are many factors that can increase someone’s risk for developing heart disease during their lifetime. While some factors such as genetics cannot be altered, there are a variety of lifestyle factors that can be changed to improve your heart health. From the office of our Tomball, TX, cardiologist Dr. Daljit Muttiana, here are some proactive changes you can make right now to support a healthy heart,
Improve Your Daily Routine
Whether you are battling chronic stress or you work at a desk, there are certain factors that can increase your risk for heart disease. For one, leading a sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk for heart disease. Making changes to your lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult and remember, every little change can make a difference for your heart health. Some of these changes may include,
- Quitting or avoiding smoking (even secondhand smoke)
- Managing chronic health conditions (e.g. diabetes; hypertension)
- Managing stress (find outlets that work for you to alleviate stress)
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Getting regular exercise
Your Diet and Your Heart
Your diet can contribute greatly to preventing heart disease. Of course, we also understand that making changes to your diet can seem confusing and you may have questions, which our Tomball, TX, heart doctor can answer. Here are some simple changes you can make right now to improve your diet and your health,
- Reduce daily sodium intake
- Add more healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts and seeds into your diet
- Make sure you are getting anywhere from 5-9 servings of vegetables a day
- Incorporate fruits, lean protein, whole grains and legumes into your diet
- Avoid packaged foods, which are typically very high in sugar, sodium and trans fats
- Read all labels to look for hidden bad fats and preservatives
Exercising for a Healthier Heart
Even with a solid, healthy diet in place you still need to get up and moving regularly. Maintaining a healthy weight will go a long way to promoting a strong, healthy heart. Most adults can benefit from getting anywhere from 30-60 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a day. If you are new to working out talk with your cardiologist about ways to safely incorporate exercise into your routine.
For example, you may want to start with a brisk walk around the neighborhood and then work your way up to jogging or running.
Cardiovascular Institute in Tomball, TX, wants to make sure that all patients getting the medical care they need. If you are dealing with a chronic heart conditions or if you are experiencing symptoms that have you concerned, please call (281) 357-5700.
Your heart is constantly working hard, it doesn’t matter if you're sitting, walking, running, or even sleeping. As one of the hardest working muscles in our body, it is important that we make sure that our heart is healthy. If you know that you may have underlying heart conditions, like heart rhythm conditions, or in general want to keep a healthy lifestyle, it is important to receive regular cardiac checks. At Cardiovascular Institute, P.A. in Tomball, TX we provide our patients with complete cardiac and vascular care to manage any heart rhythm conditions they may have.
What Is A Normal Heartbeat?
The heart is made up of four chambers, these chambers work together to pump blood. Normally these chambers are controlled by a natural pacemaker, the sinus node, which produces electrical impulses that start the heartbeat.
What Is A Heart Rhythm Condition?
Heart rhythm problems, also known as heart arrhythmias occur when the electrical impulses that are normally meant to control your heartbeat do not work properly. This can lead the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular pattern.
Types of Arrhythmias
Irregular heartbeats can be categorized into two major types:
- Tachycardia: normally referring to a heartbeat that is too fast, generally greater than 100 beats a minute while resting.
- Bradycardia: normally referring to a heartbeat that is too slow, generally lower than 60 beats a minute while resting.
How Monthy Visits To Our Clinic Can Ensure Your Health
It is time to see a doctor whenever you feel like something is wrong with your heartbeat. Cardiovascular Institute P.A. in Tomball, TX, is a great place to come to get complete cardiac and vascular care. Call our office at (281) 357-5700 to set up an appointment .
A pacemaker may save your life if you have an abnormal heart rhythm. Your Tomball, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Daljit Muttiani of Cardiovascular Institute, diagnoses and treats heart diseases and conditions that affect heart rhythm and electrical activity.
Who can benefit from a pacemaker?
Heart rate and rhythm are controlled by your heart's electrical system. Heart disease, heart medications, inherited conditions, and aging can all affect the organ's ability to control and maintain a normal rhythm.
Problems can occur if your heartbeats are irregular or slower/faster than normal. Symptoms of these problems, known as arrhythmias, can include shortness of breath, fainting, and fatigue. If the problem is severe, collapse or sudden death can occur.
A pacemaker corrects abnormal heart rhythms by speeding up or slowing down your heart rate and improving the coordination of electrical signals between the various parts of your heart. The devices can even record your breathing rate and the temperature of your blood and transmit this information to your cardiologist.
How does a pacemaker work?
Pacemakers send electrical impulses to your heart to keep it beating normally. The device is implanted in your chest during a minor surgical procedure. The first step of the procedure involves making a small incision in your shoulder. Your cardiologist then uses a special needle to thread the pacemaker wires to your heart.
She also creates a small opening in the skin of your chest or abdomen and places the battery-powered pacemaker inside. Pacemakers aren't very big, just around the size of a matchbox. Once the pacemaker is in position, it's connected to the wires that were threaded into your heart.
After testing the pacemaker, your Tomball heart doctor closes the incision. Since the pacemaker is just under your skin, it will create a slight bump, but won't affect your ability to wear normal clothing. Pacemakers often last five-to-seven years before they need to be replaced during another minor procedure.
Concerned about your cardiovascular health? Give us a call
A pacemaker can help you protect your heart health. If you're concerned about a potential heart issue, contact Dr. Muttiani of Cardiovascular Institute in Tomball, TX, today at (281) 357-5700 to schedule an appointment.
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