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
Taylor Regional Hospital Campbellsville , KY $875
Allegan General Hospital Allegan , MI $3,100
Guthrie Towanda Radiology Towanda , PA $1,150
Fhn Memorial Hospital Freeport , IL $1,450
Redbud Community Hospital Clearlake , CA $3,300
Saint Elizabeth Medical Center - South Unit Edgewood , KY $1,300
Sacred Heart Hospital Tomahawk , WI $2,925
Medical Arts Hospital Lamesa , TX $725
Fairmont Medical Center Fairmont , MN $1,150
Parkview Medical Center Pueblo , CO $2,700
Western Baptist Hospital Paducah , KY $1,350
Elite MRI of Laurens Dublin , GA $1,100
Tristan Associates Middleburg , PA $1,150
Torrington Radiologists Torrington , CT $1,400
Broad Horizon Imaging Del Rio , TX $1,150
Saint John Medical Center Tulsa , OK $925
Trinity Hospital Minot , ND $1,650
Story County Medical Center Nevada , IA $2,625
Mercy Surgical and Diagnostic Center Merced , CA $1,250
Oregon Health and Science University Hospital Portland , OR $1,300
Crisp Regional Hospital Cordele , GA $1,150
Saint John's Hospital - Lebanon Lebanon , MO $1,400
Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi - Memorial Corpus Christi , TX $3,200
Alliance Imaging Stephenville , TX $1,150
Via Christi Regional Medical Center - Saint Francis Wichita , KS $2,250
Lynchburg General Hospital Lynchburg , VA $875
Lancaster General Lancaster , PA $975
Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines Des Moines , IA $1,150
Muscatine Radiology Muscatine , IA $1,100
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center West Reading , PA $1,350

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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