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
Rutland Regional Medical Center Rutland , VT $1,150
Saint Vincent Memorial Hospital Taylorville , IL $2,925
Parkland Health Center - Farmington Farmington , MO $1,650
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Monterey , CA $2,250
Merle West Medical Center Klamath Falls , OR $1,250
Orange Regional Medical Center - Arden Hill Campus Goshen , NY $2,550
Oregon Health and Science University Hospital Portland , OR $1,300
Fayette County Memorial Hospital Washington Court House , OH $2,850
War Memorial Hospital Sault Saint Marie , MI $1,550
Santhill Diagnostics Holly Hill , SC $1,100
Banner Churchill Community Hospital Fallon , NV $1,650
Gundersen Lutheran La Crosse , WI $1,300
Southern Utah MRI Cedar City , UT $1,150
Herrick Medical Center Tecumseh , MI $3,100
Fort Hall Indian Health Services Fort Hall , ID $1,100
Northeast Nebraska Imaging Center Norfolk , NE $1,100
Tuolumne General Hospital Sonora , CA $975
Cape Cod Hospital Hyannis , MA $925
Memorial Hospital Mcpherson , KS $1,600
Columbia Magnetic Imaging Hudson , NY $1,300
Cibola General Hospital Grants , NM $1,250
Diagnostic Radiologists of South Florida Pocatello , ID $1,100
Saint Francis Medical Center Breckenridge , MN $2,775
Bloomington Hospital Bloomington , IN $1,150
Greenwood Leflore Hospital Greenwood , MS $1,450
Moberly Radiology and Imaging Moberly , MO $1,050
Crestview Open MRI Crestview , FL $1,200
Clovis Open MRI Clovis , NM $1,150
Northern Montana Hospital Havre , MT $1,100
Glasgow Radiology Glasgow , KY $1,100

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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