If you visit a
walk-in clinic in Atlanta and the physician is concerned that you are having problems with your
heart, then he or she may recommend an EKG. EKGs record the electrical
activity of your heart to look for abnormalities. The test is painless
and noninvasive and can be done onsite at an urgent care clinic.
During an EKG, your healthcare provider will attach a series of electrodes
to the different locations on your chest, arms, and legs. These electrodes
are hooked up to a machine that creates a record of your heart’s
activity. You will need to stay very still for the five or 10 minutes
it takes to complete the test.
After the EKG, your urgent care clinic physician will examine the record
to look for indications of a problem that could explain your symptoms,
such as an arrhythmia. Depending on the results, the physician may recommend
that you get additional tests or that you begin treatment to address a
heart problem that is apparent on the EKG.