EKG Cost and EKG Procedures Information

Electrocardiogram (also known as ECG or EKG) is a quick and non-invasive procedure that records the electrical impulse produced by every heartbeat to gain information about a patient's heart such as duration of heart contraction, the direction of the impulse, and the strenght of the contraction. This information is very helpful in determining the overall health of the patient's heart and can be used to identify problems in conduction, rate, or even early detection of a heart attack.

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EKG Cost Averages Around the Country

Phoenix, AZ EKG Cost Average $1,550
Washington, DC EKG Cost Average $1,550
Philadelphia, PA EKG Cost Average $1,900
Houston, TX EKG Cost Average $1,550
Miami, FL EKG Cost Average $1,500
Dallas, TX EKG Cost Average $1,450
Chicago, IL EKG Cost Average $1,600
Los Angeles, CA EKG Cost Average $2,000
New York, NY EKG Cost Average $1,600
Atlanta, GA EKG Cost Average $1,500

Specific EKG Procedures and National Cost Averages

Cogenital Heart Defect Test (VSD Test) Cost Average $2,550
Electrocardiogram Cost Average $1,750
Transesophageal Echocardiography Cost Average $4,100
Heart EKG (Transthoracic - Echocardiogram) Cost Average $1,550
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Featured Facilities that Perform EKG

Name Location Average List Price
Holy Family Memorial Medical Center Manitowoc , WI $1,250
War Memorial Hospital Sault Saint Marie , MI $1,550
Memorial Hospital Central Colorado Springs , CO $1,550
Ferrell Hospital Eldorado , IL $2,925
Saint Mary's Hospital Amsterdam , NY $1,250
Clovis Open MRI Clovis , NM $1,150
Skiff Medical Center Newton , IA $1,150
NCH Downtown Naples Hospital Naples , FL $1,500
Muenster Memorial Hospital Muenster , TX $2,625
Pocono Medical Center East Stroudsburg , PA $1,200
Midwest Imaging Grand Island , NE $1,100
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Houston , TX $1,800
Tuomey Regional Medical Center Sumter , SC $1,200
Venous Laser Center of East Texas Longview , TX $1,150
Middlesex Hospital Middletown , CT $1,250
Shasta Regional Medical Center Redding , CA $4,500
Crownpoint Health Care Facility Crownpoint , NM $2,625
Saint Cloud Hospital Saint Cloud , MN $1,250
Mobile Infirmary Medical Center Mobile , AL $1,550
Women's Healthcare Center Meridian , MS $1,100
Open and Wide MRI Goshen , IN $1,150
John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital Thomasville , GA $925
Valley Imaging Medical Group Delano , CA $1,250
Frankfort MRI Associates Frankfort , KY $1,100
Ketchikan General Hospital Ketchikan , AK $3,700
Fairmont General Hospital Fairmont , WV $1,850
Florida Hospital Orlando Orlando , FL $1,900
Open Air MRI of Troy Troy , AL $1,100
Pleasant Valley Hospital Point Pleasant , WV $1,500
Grande Ronde Hospital La Grande , OR $3,100

More about EKG Procedures

Electrocardiogram (EKG) Introduction

The electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a noninvasive test that is used to detect underlying heart conditions by measuring the electrical activity of the heart. An EKG is used to determine if there is damage to the heart, if the heart is beating normally, how fast it is beating, the effects of drugs or devices used to control the heart (such as a pacemaker), along with determining the size and position of the heart chambers. The physician may order this test if the patient experiences chest pain, other symptoms or as part of a routine exam in patients over the age of 40. The EKG is a static picture and may not reflect severe underlying heart problems at a time when the patient is not having any symptoms. Other tests that may be alternatives to an EKG or may be used in conjunction with an EKG include an echocardiogram (a sonogram of the heart's pumping action) and a stress test—an EKG that is done in conjunction with treadmill or other supervised exercise to observe the heart's function under stress—may also be performed.

EKG Procedure Patient Preparation

Be sure to inform the physician of all medications being taken, as some can interfere with the test results. Exercising or drinking cold water immediately before an EKG may effect the test results. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual. If a stress test is to be performed, patients are asked not to eat for several hours before the test.

What to expect during and after an EKG

You will be asked to lie down on a table. The healthcare provider will clean several areas on your arms, legs and chest and then attach small patches called electrodes to the areas. It may be necessary to shave or clip some hair so the electrodes have good contact with the skin. The number of electrodes may vary. A small amount of gel is applied to the skin, which allows the electrical impulses of the heart to be more easily transmitted to the EKG leads. An EKG takes about five minutes and is painless. No electricity passes through the body. The electrodes may feel cold when first applied. You need to remain still and you may be asked to hold your breath for short periods during the test. It is important to be relaxed and relatively warm during the procedure, since any movements including shivering can alter the test results. If the EKG is a stress test, you will be exercising or under minimal physical stress to allow monitoring of changes in the heart. In some cases, the areas where the electrodes were applied may become irritated afterward. To avoid skin irritation, thoroughly clean the gel from the electrode sites after removal of the electrodes.

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