Pittsburgh, PA EKG Cost Comparison

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An EKG in Pittsburgh costs $548 on average when you take the median of the 43 medical providers who perform EKG procedures in Pittsburgh, PA. There are 1 different types of EKG provided in Pittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh 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 $390 - $1,050 Free Quote

Compare EKG Providers in Pittsburgh, PA

Facility City Type
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center South Side Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Excela Rcl PET CT Imaging Greensburg Diagnostic Testing Facility
Canonsburg General Hospital Canonsburg Acute Care Hospital
West Mifflin Imaging Associates West Mifflin Diagnostic Testing Facility
Magee-womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Passavant Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Highlands Hospital Connellsville Acute Care Hospital
Alle-kiski Medical Center Natrona Heights Acute Care Hospital
Saint Clair Hospital Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital - Forbes Regional Monroeville Acute Care Hospital
Heritage Valley Beaver Beaver Acute Care Hospital
The Children's Home of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital
Westmoreland Regional Hospital Greensburg Acute Care Hospital
Mercy Jeannette Hospital Jeannette Acute Care Hospital
Weinstein Imaging Associates, P. C. Pittsburgh Diagnostic Testing Facility
Highfield Open MRI Pittsburgh Diagnostic Testing Facility
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mckeesport Mckeesport Acute Care Hospital
Ohio Valley General Hospital Mckees Rocks Acute Care Hospital
The Center for Medical Imaging Greensburg Diagnostic Testing Facility
Open MRI of Connellsville Connellsville Diagnostic Testing Facility
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Kittanning Acute Care Hospital
Latrobe Hospital Latrobe Acute Care Hospital
Allegheny General Hospital Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Jefferson Regional Medical Center Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
St Clair Osteoporosis Center Bethel Park Diagnostic Testing Facility
Monongahela Valley Hospital Monongahela Acute Care Hospital
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Frick Hospital Mount Pleasant Acute Care Hospital
Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Allegheny Imaging of Mccandless Pittsburgh Diagnostic Testing Facility
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital
Uniontown Hospital Uniontown Acute Care Hospital
Aliquippa Community Hospital Aliquippa Acute Care Hospital
Regional Diagnostics Clairton Diagnostic Testing Facility
Regional Diagnostics Homstead Diagnostic Testing Facility
The Washington Hospital Washington Acute Care Hospital
Premier Medical Radiology Monroeville Diagnostic Testing Facility
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Butler Memorial Hospital Butler Acute Care Hospital
Heritage Valley Sewickley Sewickley Acute Care Hospital
The Children's Institute Pittsburgh Childrens 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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