Heart disease is prevalent throughout America. People of both genders and all ethnicities are at risk of heart disease, and it even affects younger people. Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from a heart attack each year, which can be as many as one heart attack every minute. Cardiac problems are so common that heart disease has become the leading cause of death in America. Despite how common this is, many people aren’t aware they have a problem.
At The Wright Center for Community Health, we understand how widespread this issue is. When caught early, heart diseases and others can be easier to treat, but the key is getting diagnosed first. To help get patients the treatment they need, our physicians are fully equipped to monitor heart rhythm and analyze EKG data to diagnose and manage a range of heart conditions.
How Does Cardiac Monitoring Work?
Cardiac monitoring is done to help learn more about a person’s heart activity and can alert their physician to any potential problems. An EKG test is a common type of cardiac monitoring. Through cardiac monitoring, your physician can learn more about your heart health and how it functions. Cardiac monitoring can give insight into a person’s blood flow, heart rhythm, or show anything that may be abnormal with their heart. Monitoring a person’s heart frequently can also help show any changes to help manage their condition over time.
These services can help detect several different conditions, like heart disease, blood pressure problems, and arrhythmia. This can also be used to detect if a person has had a heart attack in the past, as they aren’t always apparent despite still causing damage. Cardiac monitoring services are especially important because a person with heart disease or related problems might not experience any symptoms. This may be the only way of knowing whether or not a person has a condition that can put them at future risk and requires treatment.
What is an EKG?
Most adults have, at some point, heard of an EKG machine and are likely aware that it’s used for cardiac monitoring. Still, beyond that, many don’t understand what it is until they need it. An electrocardiogram helps check for signs that a person has heart disease. Getting an EKG test done is also much simpler than you might expect and is a painless experience. During an EKG test, your physician will apply electrodes to your arms, legs, and chest. These electrodes monitor electrical impulses that travel through the heart when it beats. An EKG machine monitors both how long it takes an electrical impulse to travel through the heart and the amount of electrical activity involved.
Several different types of EKG tests can be done depending on what a person’s concerns are. These different methods of testing can help ensure that patients are properly diagnosed and can be given the best treatment for them. Some of these tests require a person to be connected to a device for an extended period of time to help get more accurate information.
Check Your Heart Health Today
Over the years, The Wright Center of Community Health has been committed to providing the best care to our patients. As heart-related problems are so prevalent amongst all groups of people, offering cardiac monitoring services is extremely important for everyone in the community. Like many other diseases, early detection is essential for a person to get effective treatment for heart disease and related conditions. With proper care, we can help patients reduce the risk of life-threatening complications occurring due to heart conditions.
If you’re concerned about the health of your heart, contact us to learn more about how we can help at The Wright Center for Community Health.