1st Choice Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Bakersfield, CA

If you’ve been experiencing heart palpitations or shortness of breath, the doctors at 1st Choice Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California, can perform an electrocardiogram (EKG) to determine whether your condition is severe enough to warrant treatment. This simple outpatient test can detect signs of heart trouble early, allowing you to stay on top of your health. If you have concerns about your heart, don’t wait: Call or book an appointment online today.


What is an EKG?

An EKG, or electrocardiogram, is a procedure that measures the electrical activity of your heart. Your doctor may perform an EKG to determine whether the muscles of your heart are working correctly and whether you have a condition that requires medical intervention.

Why do I need an EKG?

Your 1st Choice Urgent Care provider may recommend an EKG if you have risk factors or symptoms that suggest heart disease, including chronic chest pain or a family history of heart disease. Other symptoms include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness or weakness

How do I know if I’m at risk for heart disease?

Because heart disease is a term that describes a range of conditions, it can have many causes. Specific factors, however, may put you at a higher risk for developing some form of heart disease, including:

  • A family history of heart disease
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Diabetes
  • Excess weight or obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High blood pressure

How is an EKG administered?

An EKG is a noninvasive outpatient procedure performed in the 1st Choice Urgent Care facility. You lie down on the patient bed and your practitioner attaches several electrodes to your chest. These electrodes monitor the electrical activity of your heart and are removed after just a few minutes.

No preparations are typically necessary before undergoing an EKG. You should notify your practitioner of any medicines you’re taking, as some can interfere with test results.

Is an EKG safe?

An EKG is a safe procedure that carries no risk of harm or side effects. You may experience minor discomfort where the electrodes are placed on your skin, mainly when they are removed, but the EKG electrodes only record electrical currents: they do not produce electricity.

If you’re experiencing frequent chest pain or shortness of breath, schedule a consultation by calling 1st Choice Urgent Care or booking an appointment online.