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

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

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
Pungo District Hospital Belhaven , NC $2,850
Lewistown Hospital Lewistown , PA $800
Glens Falls Hospital Glens Falls , NY $1,150
Mercy Memorial Hospital Monroe , MI $2,625
New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wilmington , NC $950
Carlsbad Open MRI Carlsbad , NM $1,150
Saint Elizabeth Medical Center - South Unit Edgewood , KY $1,300
Oconee Regional Medical Center Milledgeville , GA $1,100
Lourdes Hospital Binghamton , NY $650
East Alabama Medical Center Opelika , AL $700
Shawnee Open MRI Shawnee , OK $1,050
Peninsula Medical Imaging Sequim , WA $1,200
Forrest City Medical Center Forrest City , AR $925
West Plains Imaging West Plains , MO $1,050
Hobbs Open MRI Hobbs , NM $1,150
Moore County Hospital Dumas , TX $1,250
Parkview Noble Hospital Kendallville , IN $1,350
Johnson City Medical Center Johnson City , TN $1,400
Open MRI of Decatur Decatur , AL $1,100
Mercy Hospital Cadillac Cadillac , MI $1,400
Radiology Imaging and Assoc Paris , TN $1,100
Great Plains Regional Medical Center North Platte , NE $1,500
Reeves County Hospital Pecos , TX $550
Central Florida Open MRI Sebring , FL $1,200
Mayfield Radiologists Mayfield , KY $1,100
Decatur Memorial Hospital Decatur , IL $1,800
Atlanticare Regional Medical Center - City Campus Atlantic City , NJ $1,300
Open Air MRI of Laurel Laurel , MS $1,100
Advanced Imaging Partners Great Bend , KS $1,100
Covenant Hospital Levelland Levelland , TX $875

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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