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 $400 - $1,050
Chicago, IL EKG Cost Average $400 - $1,050
Los Angeles, CA EKG Cost Average $600 - $1,500
Miami, FL EKG Cost Average $470 - $1,200
Houston, TX EKG Cost Average $430 - $1,100
Dallas, TX EKG Cost Average $410 - $1,050
Phoenix, AZ EKG Cost Average $480 - $1,250
New York, NY EKG Cost Average $410 - $1,100
Philadelphia, PA EKG Cost Average $525 - $1,350
Washington, DC EKG Cost Average $400 - $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
New Ulm Medical Center New Ulm , MN $750 - $1,650
Grand Strand Regional Medical Center Myrtle Beach , SC $380 - $850
Midmichigan Medical Center - Midland Midland , MI $330 - $725
Twin City Hospital Dennison , OH $800 - $1,700
Parkview Huntington Hospital Huntington , IN $410 - $900
Orange Regional Medical Center - Arden Hill Campus Goshen , NY $825 - $1,800
Medical Center of Central Georgia Macon , GA $370 - $825
Medical Center Enterprise Enterprise , AL $650 - $1,400
Central Maine Medical Center Lewiston , ME $360 - $800
Us Radiology Partners of Texas Kirksbille , MO $330 - $725
The Nebraska Medical Center Omaha , NE $600 - $1,350
Cheshire Medical Center Keene , NH $320 - $700
Trinity Hospital Minot , ND $340 - $725
Cumberland Medical Center Crossville , TN $200 - $420
Crownpoint Health Care Facility Crownpoint , NM $725 - $1,600
Bakersfield Heart Hospital Bakersfield , CA $750 - $1,650
Kent General Hospital Dover , DE $340 - $750
Glens Falls Hospital Glens Falls , NY $340 - $750
Alamance Regional Medical Center Burlington , NC $220 - $470
Muscatine Radiology Muscatine , IA $340 - $750
Lawrence Memorial Hospital Lawrence , KS $525 - $1,150
Robert Packer Hospital Sayre , PA $430 - $950
North Mississippi Medical Center - Tupelo Tupelo , MS $500 - $1,100
Saint Mary's Hospital Amsterdam , NY $370 - $800
Golden Plains Community Hospital Borger , TX $750 - $1,600
Redbud Community Hospital Clearlake , CA $950 - $2,100
Sumter Regional Hospital Americus , GA $430 - $950
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Hood River , OR $875 - $1,900
Kingman Regional Medical Center Kingman , AZ $825 - $1,800
Scotland Memorial Hospital Laurinburg , NC $360 - $775

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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