Electrocardiogram (EKG)

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a recording of the heart’s electrical activity. In addition to recording your heart rate and heart rhythm, this test can detect a decreased flow of blood to the heart muscle and an enlarged heart—both of which could impact your surgical outcome.

What to Expect:

Unlike many other pre-operative tests, you are permitted to eat and drink normally prior to your EKG. You should wear loose-fitting clothing, as you will need to remove your shirt prior to the exam.

When the test is administered, you will be taken to an examination room where you will lie on a table. The technician will place small, gel covered pads called electrodes to your chest. These will be applied from the middle of your chest towards your left arm. They will also place a gel pad on each leg and each arm.

After the pads have been applied, the technician will clip the EKG leads to the tab on the electrode—you will not feel this. Once the technician is satisfied that everything is placed where it should be, you will be asked to lie very still. This test will take about one or two minutes and does not hurt.

If your physician has also ordered an exercise stress test, you may be required to walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike while your EKG is performed. If an exercise stress test has been ordered, you will receive specific instructions from the technician when you schedule your appointment.

Your physician will work with a cardiologist (heart specialist) to interpret your EKG results, which should be ready in two to three days. If any risk factors or underlying conditions are detected, your surgeon will address these issues before performing your bariatric procedure.

For more information about our bariatric services or to schedule an appointment at one of our South Jersey facilities, call 1-800-INSPIRA.

Why Choose Inspira?

Access to Knowledgeable Cardiologists

Inspira’s cardiology experts, radiologic technologists and bariatric surgeons work closely together to diagnose and treat underlying issues that can put your heart health in danger. Electrocardiograms (EKGs) and other heart tests are conducted to detect risk and uncover hidden conditions. These tests also satisfy various prerequisites required by insurance carriers.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Bariatric Care

Inspira Health’s specialists, from our surgeons and nurses to our dietitians and heart specialists, work closely together to help you achieve your health goals and control your weight. Our multidisciplinary team brings expertise and depth of knowledge to the operating room and beyond, ensuring you get the comprehensive bariatric services you need.