Electrocardiograms Offered During Sports Physicals & Office Visits
Arundel Pediatrics is excited to announce that we now offer Electrocardiograms, also known as ECG or EKG during office visits.
What is an Electrocardiogram?
An Electrocardiogram records the electrical signals in your heart. It's a common test used to detect heart problems and arrhythmias. An ECG is a noninvasive, painless test with quick results. During an ECG, sensors (electrodes) that can detect the electrical activity of your heart are attached to your chest, and are left on for just a few minutes to record your heart’s rhythm.
Your provider will review the machine reading of the ECG, but will always send out the results to a Pediatric Cardiologist for the official review. We receive their final interpretation within one business day, and can refer you to a Pediatric Cardiologist if they find any abnormalities on the ECG.
When will an Electrocardiogram be performed?
An Electrocardiogram will be performed during a Pre-Participation Sports Physical, ADHD visits prior to starting stimulant medication, and at any visit where the patient presents with a cardiac problem or family history.
Does insurance cover the Electrocardiogram?
We will submit the Electrocardiogram to your insurance. Each insurance plan is different and they will determine coverage. Self-Pay patients will be charged $25 for same day payment.
You may decline this service after discussing with your provider, but we feel strongly that it is an important way to detect underlying arrhythmias or cardiac issues, especially in our young athletes, that may otherwise have no symptoms and go undetected.