ECG Testing in Fort Worth, TX

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What is ECG Testing?

When you are in need of urgent cardiac care or testing for cardiac conditions, University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX is prepared with the latest tools and technologies. Using advanced electrocardiogram (ECG) equipment, our team of ER doctors and nurse practitioners are experienced in cardiac monitoring for heart arrhythmias and other abnormalities. Serving the Tanglewood, Paschal, TCU, and Frisco Heights neighborhoods, our conveniently located facility provides quick efficient care for your cardiac needs.

How do we perform an ECG?

An ECG, or electrocardiogram, is a painless test which measures the electrical activity of your heart in order to show whether it is functioning normally. During this test, leads from the machine are attached to the skin of your arms, legs, and chest with adhesive patches. The leads will send activity levels to an electrocardiograph, which will show the activity on a screen or a sheet of paper. The results, shown in peaks and valleys, will allow our medical team to interpret your heart activity to determine if there is a condition which should be addressed. 

WHAT CAN AN ECG TELL YOU?

From evaluation to diagnosis, our facility prides itself on providing thorough and comprehensive care. If you believe you may be suffering from a heart condition, cardiac monitoring is an extremely important part of proper diagnosis and treatment. At University Urgent Care, our physicians are board certified in emergency medicine and understand the urgency present in heart conditions. During routine heart monitoring, it may be possible to detect diseases and abnormalities of the heart that might otherwise go unnoticed. For patients with chest pain or heart issues, cardiac monitoring is vital to deciphering the root cause of the symptoms. 

What to Expect during an ECG

If upon your arrival to our facility we deem your situation too severe for urgent care treatment, we will assist you in transferring to a qualified emergency room or hospital room in a time-efficient manner. Through a series of carefully arranged agreements, our connections with area hospitals allow us to transfer you, skipping the waiting room, to a inpatient hospital room without delay. If your condition is not emergent but requires further, specialized treatment, we will refer you to the area specialty facility most qualified to treat your condition. Should you need surgery, our knowledgeable staff is qualified to advise you of your options and assist you in making contact with the appropriate specialist, cardiologist, or surgeon quickly. 

ECG Testing FAQ

How long does an ECG test take?

A typical ECG test only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

When do you need to get an ECG test?

If you have risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, shortness of breath, or an irregular heartbeat, you may need an ECG test.

Does an ECG test detect heart blockages?

No, an ECG test cannot detect asymptomatic blockages in the arteries of your heart, nor can it predict your possible risks for a future heart attack. A typical test to detect heart blockages is a CT coronary angiogram which injects a contrast dye into your arm to make the arteries more visible.

What can an ECG test diagnose?

An ECG test can detect several things, including:

  • Heart defects
  • Abnormalities in the heart's shape or size
  • Variations in the thickness of the heart's walls
  • Heart valve issues
  • Heart attack
  • Abnormalities in heart rhythm
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Whether you are in need of urgent treatment, or believe you need to undergo heart monitoring to determine the cause of your heart-related medical condition, University Urgent Care can help. Our Fort Worth, TX facility is open seven days a week featuring advanced ECG technology, an onsite laboratory, private exam rooms, and an extremely experienced, ER doctors and nurse practitioners. We are equipped to handle the ECG testing of medical conditions ranging in severity from mild to severe, and have the connections necessary to see you safely to the heart specialist or medical facility most qualified to take over your treatment.

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