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

Price Range
Atlanta, GA EKG Cost Average $550 - $1,400
Chicago, IL EKG Cost Average $575 - $1,450
Los Angeles, CA EKG Cost Average $725 - $1,850
Miami, FL EKG Cost Average $600 - $1,550
Dallas, TX EKG Cost Average $550 - $1,400
Houston, TX EKG Cost Average $575 - $1,450
New York, NY EKG Cost Average $625 - $1,600
Philadelphia, PA EKG Cost Average $750 - $1,900
Phoenix, AZ EKG Cost Average $650 - $1,700
Washington, DC EKG Cost Average $625 - $1,600

Specific EKG Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
Cogenital Heart Defect Test (VSD Test) Cost Average $1,050 - $14,300
Electrocardiogram Cost Average $550 - $3,300
Transesophageal Echocardiography Cost Average $1,050 - $11,700
Heart EKG (Transthoracic - Echocardiogram) Cost Average $925 - $4,900
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Featured Facilities that Perform EKG

Name Location Price Range
New York-presbyterian Hospital/weill Cornell Medical New York , NY $360 - $1,800
Bay Regional Medical Center Bay City , MI $350 - $1,700
Medical Imaging of Carlsbad Carlsbad , NM $350 - $1,900
Ada Open MRI Ada , OK $330 - $1,800
Central Maine Medical Center Lewiston , ME $360 - $2,250
Bay Area Medical Center Marinette , WI $280 - $1,450
Agam Enterprises Terre Haute , IN $340 - $1,900
The Imaging Center Cumberland , MD $370 - $2,025
Lee Memorial Hospital Fort Myers , FL $470 - $2,025
Cape MRI Cape May Court House , NJ $420 - $2,325
Morristown-hamblen Hospital Morristown , TN $350 - $1,700
Salem Flora Radiology Salem , IL $350 - $1,900
Mcalester Diagnostic Imaging Mcalester , OK $330 - $1,800
Borgess-lee Memorial Hospital Dowagiac , MI $875 - $5,500
Saint Peter's Hospital Albany , NY $260 - $4,000
Torrington Radiologists Torrington , CT $430 - $2,400
Geisinger Medical Center Danville , PA $750 - $2,325
Lifeplex Diagnostic Center Plymouth , IN $340 - $1,900
Smc Regional Medical Center Osceola , AR $675 - $3,600
Cogdell Memorial Hospital Snyder , TX $460 - $1,100
Palo Pinto General Hospital Mineral Wells , TX $260 - $875
Coshocton Radiology Coshocton , OH $360 - $2,000
Broad Horizon Imaging Del Rio , TX $340 - $1,900
United Regional Health Care System - Eleventh Street Wichita Falls , TX $575 - $1,800
Lanier Health Services Valley , AL $400 - $1,250
Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center Cambridge , OH $210 - $1,200
Baxter Regional Medical Center Mountain Home , AR $270 - $1,300
Scott Memorial Hospital Scottsburg , IN $725 - $3,600
Bucktail Medical Center Renovo , PA $775 - $7,900
Minden Medical Center Minden , LA $550 - $1,500

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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