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Heart health is one of the cornerstones of human well-being. Heart issues can dramatically shorten any lifespan. Therefore, it is essential to diagnose and treat heart problems before they become life-threatening. A simple test stands at the forefront of heart diagnosis: the EKG. Also known as an ECG, an EKG (electrocardiogram) is a diagnostic tool that measures the heart’s electrical activity.

The activity appears as tracings on special EKG paper. Doctors read these tracings for vital information about heart rhythm and muscular function. EKG tests are done in doctors' rooms, clinics, or hospitals. With modern technology, it is possible to get portable devices like smartwatches that offer EKG monitoring.

What Can an EKG Detect?

Getting an EKG test can reveal conditions related to the heart, including whether someone is having a heart attack. Most of the time, the primary reasons to get an EKG include the following:

  • To determine arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat)
  • To establish previous heart attacks
  • To see if the heart is enlarged
  • To test blood and oxygen levels

People with a family history of heart disease may need regular EKG tests to catch problems early. The different types of EKG tests are the resting EKG, exercise EKG, and Holter monitor.

A resting EKG involves the patient lying still during the test, while an exercise EKG is done while the patient uses a stationary bike. A Holter monitor is used for patients with an irregular heartbeat that doesn’t show up during an EKG test.

How Does Legacy ER Use EKG Machines?

Legacy ER employs EKG machines as one of their key diagnostic tools. It is the go-to for heart-related complaints. By using EKG machines, we can offer immediate diagnosis to patients with heart issues. We can monitor those with known heart diseases and at risk of heart attacks. EKG machines also help our board-certified medical professionals make informed decisions about heart treatment. These may include hospitalization or medications.

Visit Legacy ER & Urgent Care for an EKG Test

Legacy ER & Urgent Care is here to meet your medical care needs by providing affordable pricing and quality care. As part of Intuitive Health’s innovative hybrid model ER and urgent care system, patients are only billed for the level of care they receive from professional and highly trained medical staff. With six facilities located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, emergent and non-emergent care are accessible and transparent, focusing on superb customer service.

Legacy ER & Urgent Care has six convenient locations in the DFW area:

  • Allen – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 1310 W. Exchange Pkwy Allen, TX 75013, and may be reached at 972-526-5819.
  • Coppell – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 330 S Denton Tap Rd Coppell, TX 75019 and may be reached at 469-702-9917.
  • Frisco East – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 16151 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75035 and may be reached at 972-526-7009.
  • Frisco West – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 9205 Legacy Dr. Frisco, TX 75033, and may be reached at 972-526-7020.
  • McKinney – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 2810 Hardin Blvd McKinney, TX 75072 and may be reached at 972-573-6688.
  • North Richland Hills – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 8950 N. Tarrant Pkwy North Richland Hills, TX 76182, and may be reached at 817-663-1247