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
Open MRI of Sheboygan Sheboygan , WI $1,150
Stephens County Hospital Toccoa , GA $1,300
Kent General Hospital Dover , DE $1,200
Hendry Regional Medical Center Clewiston , FL $2,700
Northeast Nebraska Imaging Center Norfolk , NE $1,100
Conejo Medical Magnetic Resonance Systems Thousand Oaks , CA $1,450
The University of Kansas Hospital Kansas City , KS $1,700
Venous Laser Center of East Texas Longview , TX $1,150
Via Christi Regional Medical Center - Saint Francis Wichita , KS $2,250
Western Baptist Hospital Paducah , KY $1,350
Albemarle Hospital Elizabeth City , NC $1,250
Crusader Diagnostic Imaging Walla Walla , WA $1,200
Southwest Kansas Radiology Liberal , KS $1,100
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Yakima , WA $950
Oswego Medical Center Oswego , KS $2,400
Vision Imaging of Lebanon Lebanon , PA $1,150
Mansfield Hospital Mansfield , OH $875
Lakes Imaging Brainerd , MN $1,200
Blue Mountain Diagnostic Imagning Pendleton , OR $1,150
Northern Montana Hospital Havre , MT $1,100
Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Lafayette , IN $1,500
Roosevelt General Hospital Portales , NM $1,850
Georgetown Memorial Hospital Georgetown , SC $1,450
Mark Reed Hospital Mccleary , WA $3,100
Orange Cross Radiology Sturgis , MI $1,200
Southern Imaging Bluffton , SC $1,100
Open MRI of Mcallen Mcallen , TX $1,150
Mercy Medical Center Oshkosh , WI $1,100
Imaging Center of Columbus Columbus , MS $1,100
Saint Bernards Medical Center Jonesboro , AR $800

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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