San Diego, CA EKG Cost Comparison

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An EKG in San Diego costs $774 on average when you take the median of the 28 medical providers who perform EKG procedures in San Diego, CA. There are 1 different types of EKG provided in San Diego, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the San Diego providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Procedure Price Range
Electrocardiogram Cost Average $550 - $1,450 Free Quote

Compare EKG Providers in San Diego, CA

Facility City Type
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Memorial Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Imaging Healthcare Specialists San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Fallbrook Hospital Fallbrook Acute Care Hospital
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Pomerado Hospital Poway Acute Care Hospital
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego San Diego Childrens Hospital
Scripps MRI Center at Encinitas Encinitas Diagnostic Testing Facility
Scripps Green Hospital La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Ucsd Department of Radiology San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Pacific Imaging and Treatment Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
University of California, San Diego Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Sharp and Children's MRI Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center/kaiser San Diego Acute Care Hospital
San Diego Imaging - Chula Vista Chula Vista Diagnostic Testing Facility
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Encinitas Acute Care Hospital
San Diego Imaging Chula Vista Chula Vista Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp Coronado Hospital Coronado Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Grossmont Hospital La Mesa Acute Care Hospital
Palomar Medical Center Escondido Acute Care Hospital
Tri-city Medical Center Oceanside Acute Care Hospital
Sharp and Childrens MRI Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Paradise Valley Hospital National City Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Chula Vista Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Ucsd Center for Molecular Imaging San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Promise Hospital of San Diego San Diego Acute Care Hospital

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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