Pediatric Electrocardiogram in Maryland & NOVA

What is An EKG or ECG?

An Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a vital test for measuring the electrical activity of the heart. This non-invasive, pain-free procedure is often performed in hospitals, clinics, or doctors’ offices. The results help healthcare professionals assess any potential issues with the heart’s function.

At The Children’s Heart Institute, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, we offer comprehensive EKG testing services at our twelve locations in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Discover more about electrocardiograms and schedule your child’s EKG test.

Understanding the EKG Process: An EKG captures the heart’s electrical impulses, or “waves,” that enable the heart muscle to contract and pump blood. The test, often referred to as a 12-lead EKG or 12-lead ECG, records these impulses from 12 different heart areas. The data is presented as wave patterns on a graph, each pattern correlating with a specific phase of the heartbeat.

Heart conditions detected by a EKG

Cardiac specialists analyze these patterns to detect irregular heart rhythms, aiding in the diagnosis and monitoring of various heart conditions such as:

Diagnostic testing to assess heart health

Other Common Heart Rhythm Tests: Besides EKGs, there are several other diagnostic tests to assess heart health, including:

When should you seek a heart rhythm test?

Consult a cardiac specialist if you or your child experience any of the following symptoms, as these may indicate the need for an EKG or ECG:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid pulse
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Difficulty with regular activities or exercises

Taking proactive steps for heart health can make a significant difference, especially in children with heart conditions. Reach out to The Children’s Heart Institute today to schedule an EKG for your child and ensure they receive the care and attention they deserve.

Schedule an Echocardiogram in Maryland and Northern Virginia Today!

If your child has been diagnosed with a heart condition, or if you suspect they may have a heart issue, don’t wait to seek testing. The Children’s Heart Institute, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, offers comprehensive testing for pediatric heart conditions in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Our experienced team, including our pediatric cardiologists and pediatric sub-specialists, are equipped to provide the specialized care your child needs. Schedule your child’s appointment at one of our pediatric cardiology clinics in Maryland and NOVA and ensure they receive the expert care and support they deserve. Call now to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards better heart health for your child.