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 $420 - $1,100
Chicago, IL EKG Cost Average $420 - $1,100
Dallas, TX EKG Cost Average $450 - $1,150
Houston, TX EKG Cost Average $470 - $1,200
Los Angeles, CA EKG Cost Average $650 - $1,700
Miami, FL EKG Cost Average $490 - $1,300
New York, NY EKG Cost Average $420 - $1,100
Philadelphia, PA EKG Cost Average $550 - $1,400
Phoenix, AZ EKG Cost Average $575 - $1,450
Washington, DC EKG Cost Average $410 - $1,050

Specific EKG Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
Electrocardiogram Cost Average $550 - $3,300
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Featured Facilities that Perform EKG

Name Location Price Range
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Sweetwater , TX $290 - $650
Morristown-hamblen Hospital Morristown , TN $420 - $925
Key West Community Diagnostic Company Key West , FL $430 - $950
Anmed Health Anderson , SC $470 - $1,050
Renown Regional Medical Center Reno , NV $750 - $1,600
Danville Regional Medical Center Danville , VA $360 - $775
Northern Hospital of Surry County Mount Airy , NC $250 - $550
Mercy Hospital Janesville Janesville , WI $280 - $600
Ottumwa Regional Health Center Ottumwa , IA $330 - $725
Fletcher Allen Health Care - Medical Center Campus Burlington , VT $250 - $550
Mother Frances Hospital - Jacksonville Jacksonville , TX $750 - $1,600
Paris Regional Medical Center - South Campus Paris , TX $625 - $1,350
Wilkes-barre General Hospital Wilkes-barre , PA $250 - $550
Washington Hospital Center Washington , DC $360 - $800
Rutland Regional Medical Center Rutland , VT $320 - $700
University Hospital Augusta , GA $420 - $925
Decatur County Memorial Hospital Greensburg , IN $800 - $1,750
Saint Peter Community Hospital Saint Peter , MN $750 - $1,650
Bell Memorial Hospital Ishpeming , MI $875 - $1,900
Franklin County Medical Center Preston , ID $650 - $1,450
Appleton Medical Center Appleton , WI $320 - $700
Yuma Regional Medical Center Yuma , AZ $350 - $775
Community Health Center of Branch County Coldwater , MI $310 - $675
Lake Medical Imaging at Lake Sumter Landing The Villages , FL $380 - $825
Fisher-Titus Medical Center Norwalk , OH $260 - $575
Mansfield Hospital Mansfield , OH $260 - $575
Saint Joseph Hospital Lexington , KY $310 - $675
Trinity Medical Center Brenham , TX $525 - $1,150
Nash General Hospital Rocky Mount , NC $270 - $600
Saint Joseph Regional Health Center Bryan , TX $825 - $1,800

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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