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Vaccinations/ EKG Specialist

HealthStone Primary Care Partners -  - Primary Care

HealthStone Primary Care Partners

Primary Care & Internal Medicine located in Hollywood, FL

Whether you need an EKG test to detect heart problems or a vaccination to protect you from infectious disease, the skillful professionals of HealthStone Primary Care Partners in Hollywood, Florida, like Joelle Estrada, MD, and Diana Carmona, ARNP, are highly qualified and experienced. You can expect personalized and efficient care and a range of quality testing and preventive care methods to improve your wellness. If you’re due for vaccinations or if you have symptoms or concerns about your health, call HealthStone Primary Care Partners or schedule online today.

Vaccinations/ EKG

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations or immunizations are medical injections that help protect you from infectious diseases. Immunization refers to the process of being vaccinated and eventually developing immunity to a disease over time.

Vaccinations are an excellent preventive care method. Vaccinations use dead or weakened versions of viruses or bacteria to prepare your body to fight an infection without exposing you to symptoms of the disease. The goal is to stimulate your immune system to produce white blood cells called lymphocytes and proteins called antibodies to fight the foreign invaders.

Why might I need certain vaccinations?

Adult vaccinations are recommended based on several factors, such as:

  • Occupation
  • Sexual activity
  • Lifestyle
  • Prior vaccinations
  • Age
  • Health

Your provider might suggest certain vaccinations based on your travel destinations.

Adult vaccinations might include:

  • Influenza
  • Meningococcal
  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus
  • Human papillomavirus

Your provider can administer many of these vaccinations collectively in groups for your convenience.

What is an EKG?

An EKG or electrocardiogram is a special test that records your heart’s electrical signals. Your provider uses an EKG to evaluate your heart health and detect any abnormalities.

Your HealthStone Primary Care Partners provider might suggest an EKG test to assist in diagnosing numerous heart problems, including:

  • A previous heart attack
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Structural problems with your heart chambers

Your provider might suggest an EKG if you have certain symptoms, such as chest pain, or to assess the effectiveness of certain treatments for heart disease, such as a pacemaker, or to determine if you have narrowed or blocked arteries.

An EKG allows your provider to examine critical aspects of your heart health, such as your heart rhythm and heart rate and the supply of oxygen and blood going to your heart.

How does an EKG work?

An electrical impulse triggers your heartbeat, and the impulse is normally generated from pacemaker cells located in a chamber of your heart. An EKG records the strength and timing of these signals traveling through your heart and displays the electrical activity as waves on a graph.

An EKG typically only takes a few minutes, and there’s no downtime. During your EKG, you might need to wear a hospital gown. You lie on an examining bed or table, and your provider places electrodes on your chest and sometimes on your limbs.

Each electrode patch has a wire attached to a special machine that records the electrical activity of your heart. 

Access the quality medical care and services that can improve your health at HealthStone Primary Care Partners. To learn more about vaccinations or EKG testing, request an appointment online or call the practice today.