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
Washington, DC EKG Cost Average $1,550
Chicago, IL EKG Cost Average $1,600
Dallas, TX EKG Cost Average $1,450
Los Angeles, CA EKG Cost Average $2,000
Houston, TX EKG Cost Average $1,550
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

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
Skaggs Community Health Center Branson , MO $975
Holy Cross Hospital Nogales , AZ $3,100
Akron City Hospital Akron , OH $1,600
Trinity Medical Center East Steubenville , OH $1,200
Norman Open MRI Norman , OK $1,050
The Monroe Clinic Monroe , WI $1,150
Western Missouri Medical Center Warrensburg , MO $1,300
Crestview Open MRI Crestview , FL $1,200
Good Samaritan Health Center Merrill , WI $2,925
Wabash County Hospital Wabash , IN $2,775
Cleveland Regional Medical Center Shelby , NC $1,050
Shands at the University of Florida Gainesville , FL $1,150
Hobbs Open MRI Hobbs , NM $1,150
Healthscan Brunswick , GA $1,100
Mimbres Memorial Hospital Deming , NM $3,000
Open MRI of Sheboygan Sheboygan , WI $1,150
Quality Care Clinic Clinton , IA $1,100
Gratiot Medical Center Alma , MI $1,050
Elmore Medical Center Mountain Home , ID $2,400
Open MRI of Pittsburg, Kansas Pittsburg , KS $1,100
San Carlos Hospital San Carlos , AZ $3,100
Imaging Center of Salem Salem , IL $1,150
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville , TN $1,550
Los Alamos Medical Center Los Alamos , NM $1,100
Saint Clare Medical Center Crawfordsville , IN $1,350
Uuhc Parkway Radiology Services Orem , UT $1,150
Adena Regional Medical Center Chillicothe , OH $1,250
Lakes Imaging Brainerd , MN $1,200
Van Wert County Hospital Van Wert , OH $975
Dubois Regional Medical Center West Dubois , PA $1,300

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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