An EKG or electrocardiogram shows the doctors at DRS Medical Associates the electrical activity of your heart. You, or someone in your family, might need one to screen for heart disease or irregularities to diagnose symptoms or as part of a heart health checkup. Dr. Ray Santos and Dr. Ritu Sharma provide EKGs to adults and children at their offices in Jersey City, New Jersey.
An EKG checks the electrical activity of the heart. The doctors use it to help determine why you might be having unexplained pressure or chest pain.
An EKG also reviews the effectiveness of certain medications and heart implants, such as pacemakers. If you’re at risk of heart disease due to a genetic history, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, or smoking, an EKG can help the doctors assess the condition of your heart.
You don’t have to fast or prepare in any special way for an EKG.
You’ll lie on an exam table and the staff will apply wires with electrodes (electrical conductors) on your body.
If you have too much hair for the electrodes to stick, the staff may shave you to provide a clear surface for their adhesion.
The electrode wires are also attached to the EKG machine that measures your heart activity. The test lasts between 5 and 10 minutes.
Dr. Sharma and Dr. Santos will read the EKG report. If it’s normal, it means your heart beats in a normal, healthy rhythm. An abnormal reading may indicate that the heart beats too slowly, too fast, or that the rhythm is just not regular.
An EKG can’t predict whether or not you’ll have a heart attack. And, it’s not always possible to see abnormalities on an EKG unless you’re exercising during a stress test. The test can only record an abnormal rhythm if it happens during the test; these rhythms can come and go.
An EKG is noninvasive, meaning it doesn’t require any needles or incisions. It causes no discomfort and has no side effects.
Although a normal EKG is a good sign, Dr. Sharma and Dr. Santos will take into account all of your risk factors for heart problems when making a diagnosis. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight, a strong family history, and a chronic use of tobacco – especially smoking – put you at risk of heart disease.
At DRS Medical Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Sharma was friendly, informative and straight forward when it came to health concerns. She took time to get all the medical history and shared a lot of knowledge."
"I have been to DRS several times and seen Dr Ritu. She is a very very good doctor who truly cares about her patients. "
"Not once did I feel rush and both doctors took their time to answer my questions. I didn't leave there thinking that they were pushing me into anything either. "
"I am so thankful for his passion and knowledge. He is officially our family doctor here in JC with a great location and hours!"
"I have been with Medical associates for the last 2 months and like them a lot. They respected my wishes and made sure I got the correct treatment."
"Our experience has been with Dr. Santos. He is a patient and kind physician who listens and provides compassionate feedback about childcare."
"Dr. Santos was great. He took the time to understand all my symptoms and any any history since I was a new patient. Did not feel rushed and felt very comfortable."
"I see Dr. Sharma and she has always been very patient in listening to my history and accurate with her diagnosis."
"Dr Sharma is really good doctor. She is thorough, very diligent, and takes her time to listen before arriving at a diagnosis. Highly recommend."
"Excellent doctors!!! Wonderful staff !!"
"The office is very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I did not wait at all to be seen. Highly recommend this practice!"
"Greatest service! Best docs! Dr. Ritu & Dr. Ray are extremely friendly and patience. Highly recommended"
"I had a great experience with Dr. Sharma. I did not have to wait and she was very thorough. I have now found a doctor I love!!!"
"Dr. Ray cares about giving his patients quality service and attention. Highly recommended."
"Her bedside manner is awesome. She takes the time to explain things and answer questions and not trying to rush you out like other doctors."