Malibu Medical Group

Internal Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in Malibu, CA

An electrocardiogram, or EKG, measures the activity of your heart and detects heart conditions before serious problems arise. If you have a history of heart disease or experience symptoms of a heart condition, the experienced internal medicine providers at Malibu Medical Group in Malibu, California, use EKGs to assess your heart, diagnose your condition, and offer treatments that reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke in the future. Call Malibu Medical Group to learn more about EKGs, or book an appointment online today.


What is an EKG?

An EKG, or electrocardiogram, records your heart’s electrical signals to detect heart problems. A doctor or nurse may recommend an EKG if you experience symptoms of heart disease or you’re at risk of heart problems. The test can detect abnormalities, such as:

  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • A heart attack
  • The effectiveness of heart disease treatments
  • Blocked or narrowed arteries
  • Structural problems within heart chambers

EKGs are painless with quick results. Your provider attaches electrodes to your chest, and sometimes your arms or legs, that detect electrical activity of your heart in just a few minutes.

Your doctor or nurse might recommend you exercise during the test. You should receive results of your EKG the same day or soon after.

Why might I need an EKG?

Your doctor might recommend an EKG if you have a family history of heart disease or experience one or more of the following symptoms that can indicate a heart problem:

  • Chest pain
  • A rapid pulse
  • Heart palpitations
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue, weakness, or difficulty exercising

With each heartbeat, an electrical wave, or impulse, travels through your heart to help it pump blood. EKGs create visual wave patterns of your heart’s activity to make it easy for your provider to detect abnormalities.

What is the treatment for heart problems?

After your EKG is complete, your doctor discusses the results with you. If you have heart disease or another heart condition that requires treatment, your provider might recommend one or more of the following options:

  • Making lifestyle changes
  • Taking medications
  • Minor medical procedures
  • Heart surgery

Your doctor recommends the least invasive heart or blood vessel treatment first, such as making dietary changes or exercising more, but understands the importance of invasive surgery if your heart condition is severe. Your doctor refers you to a qualified specialist in the area if necessary.

Don’t avoid the doctor if you have a family history of heart disease or experience symptoms of a heart problem, as heart conditions can worsen and become life-threatening. Contact Malibu Medical Group by phone or online to schedule an exam and EKG today.