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
Houston, TX EKG Cost Average $470 - $1,250
Washington, DC EKG Cost Average $410 - $1,050
Dallas, TX EKG Cost Average $450 - $1,150
Chicago, IL EKG Cost Average $420 - $1,100
Atlanta, GA EKG Cost Average $420 - $1,100
Los Angeles, CA EKG Cost Average $650 - $1,700
Miami, FL EKG Cost Average $490 - $1,300
Phoenix, AZ EKG Cost Average $550 - $1,450
New York, NY EKG Cost Average $420 - $1,100
Philadelphia, PA EKG Cost Average $550 - $1,400

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
Turning Point Hospital Moultrie , GA $850 - $1,850
Haywood Park Community Hospital Brownsville , TN $650 - $1,400
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Kihei , HI $420 - $900
Saint Agnes Medical Center Fresno , CA $360 - $800
Polk Medical Center Cedartown , GA $850 - $1,850
Whidbey General Hospital Coupeville , WA $875 - $1,950
Scenic Mountain Medical Center Big Spring , TX $525 - $1,150
Fremont Area Medical Center Fremont , NE $480 - $1,050
Mountain River Birthing and Surgery Center Blackfoot , ID $650 - $1,450
Baptist Hospital of Cocke County Newport , TN $775 - $1,700
Saint Vincent Regional Medical Center Santa Fe , NM $430 - $950
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Huntingdon , PA $360 - $775
Marion General Hospital Marion , OH $210 - $460
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Pittsburgh , PA $600 - $1,300
Lakes Regional Hospital Spirit Lake , IA $260 - $550
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Torrington , CT $725 - $1,600
Plainview Public Hospital Plainview , NE $725 - $1,600
Saint Vincent Hospital Leadville , CO $850 - $1,850
Passavant Area Hospital Jacksonville , IL $525 - $1,100
Columbus Community Hospital Columbus , NE $430 - $950
Umass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus Worcester , MA $350 - $750
Stanford Hospital Stanford , CA $875 - $1,900
Rideout Memorial Hospital Marysville , CA $350 - $750
Carlsbad Medical Center Carlsbad , NM $725 - $1,550
Satilla Regional Medical Center Waycross , GA $370 - $825
Roosevelt General Hospital Portales , NM $575 - $1,250
Christus Saint Michael Health System Texarkana , TX $500 - $1,100
Mercy Medical Center Redding Redding , CA $430 - $950
Wayne Memorial Hospital Jesup , GA $270 - $575
Auburn Memorial Hospital Auburn , NY $240 - $525

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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