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.

EKG Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Dallas, TX EKG Cost Average $450 - $1,200
Chicago, IL EKG Cost Average $420 - $1,100
Miami, FL EKG Cost Average $500 - $1,300
Atlanta, GA EKG Cost Average $420 - $1,100
Houston, TX EKG Cost Average $480 - $1,250
Los Angeles, CA EKG Cost Average $675 - $1,700
New York, NY EKG Cost Average $430 - $1,100
Philadelphia, PA EKG Cost Average $550 - $1,450
Phoenix, AZ EKG Cost Average $575 - $1,450
Washington, DC EKG Cost Average $410 - $1,100
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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
University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Center Ann Arbor , MI $310 - $675
Laredo Medical Center Laredo , TX $625 - $1,350
Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Somerset , KY $420 - $925
Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa Mason City , IA $290 - $625
Memorial Hospital and Manor Bainbridge , GA $310 - $675
Sanford Watertown Imaging Center Watertown , SD $350 - $775
Salem Community Hospital Salem , OH $190 - $410
Saint Cloud Hospital Saint Cloud , MN $340 - $750
The Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center Williamsport , PA $360 - $800
Laporte Hospital La Porte , IN $500 - $1,100
Los Alamos Medical Center Los Alamos , NM $340 - $725
Hays Medical Center Hays , KS $420 - $925
Norton Hospital Louisville , KY $525 - $1,150
Athens Regional Medical Center Athens , GA $550 - $1,200
Saint Peter's Hospital Albany , NY $260 - $575
Foote Health System Jackson , MI $600 - $1,300
Lakes Region General Hospital Laconia , NH $410 - $900
Logansport Memorial Hospital Logansport , IN $340 - $750
Herrick Medical Center Tecumseh , MI $875 - $1,900
Northfield Hospital Northfield , MN $430 - $950
Upstate Carolina Medical Center Gaffney , SC $750 - $1,650
Wilbarger General Hospital Vernon , TX $330 - $725
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Mattoon , IL $310 - $675
Fhn Memorial Hospital Freeport , IL $420 - $900
Lakeland Regional Medical Center Lakeland , FL $650 - $1,400
Acadiana MRI New Iberia , LA $360 - $800
Mahaska Hospital Oskaloosa , IA $725 - $1,550
Mercy Medical Center Springfield , OH $440 - $950
Norman Regional Hospital Norman , OK $525 - $1,150
Bay Regional Medical Center Bay City , MI $350 - $750

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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