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Our Services

Electrocardiography

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gunnison Valley Health is committed to decreasing heart disease and related deaths in the Gunnison Valley community. Electrocardiography is just one of our services used to accomplish this by identifying and treating heart disease early.

What is an electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram is also known as an EKG or ECG. This noninvasive test measures the electrical function of the heart by recording its electrical signals. An EKG produces a snapshot of what the heart is doing at the time of the test and can help to determine many things which include the following:

  • Irregular heartbeat rhythm
  • Previous heart attack
  • Electrical block in heart
  • Heart enlargement

Who can benefit from an EKG?

An EKG requires a referral or doctor’s order. This usually comes from a primary care physician (PCP) but can also be from a cardiologist. Common reasons for a doctor to order an EKG include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Heart palpitation
  • Rapid pulse
  • Shortness of breath

EKG vs other tests

Two other heart tests are oftentimes confused with an EKG: echocardiogram and stress echocardiogram. These tests, in addition to the EKG, are offered here at Gunnison Valley Health and require a doctor’s order. They are noninvasive, yet they each have a unique purpose.

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart that produces moving images and takes many measurements of the heart, providing a more detailed exam than an EKG. A stress test, or stress echocardiogram, is even more in-depth. This test has a treadmill component to raise the heart rate and is used compare the heart at rest vs the heart under stress. To learn about all of our cardiopulmonary services, click here.

How to schedule an EKG with our team

Once you have received your doctor’s order, ensure your physician sends the order to Gunnison Valley Health's Cardiopulmonary department. With the doctor’s order, an EKG is a walk-in procedure. However, you can still set up an appointment with your doctor’s order by calling the Cardiopulmonary team at 970-641-7295.

Our team

Our Cardiopulmonary team at Gunnison Valley Health is dedicated to providing the best care for your heart and providing comprehensive services right here in the Valley.

Stetson Lusk BS, RCS, RVS Cardiovascular Sonographer

Stetson is in charge of the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Diagnostic testing for Gunnison Valley Health. This testing includes: Echocardiograms, Stress Echocardiograms, Exercise Stress Test, Carotid Duplex, Abdominal Aorta, Renal Artery Duplex, Ankle Brachial Index, Upper/Lower Arterials, Upper/Lower Venous Deep Vein Thrombosis, Holter Monitors, Cardiac Event Monitors, and EKGs. All of these tests are performed in Emergency, Inpatient, and Outpatient settings. Stetson also enjoys helping out with our patients in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab.

After completing a Bachelor of Science program from the University of North Georgia, Stetson went on to complete a certificate program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center where he received his clinical training as well as attended classes for ultrasound. Upon completion, Stetson then went on to be registered through Cardiovascular Credentialing International as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer and a Registered Vascular Specialist.

Stetson was born in Georgia and lived there most of his life, but brought his family to Gunnison in April of 2018. When not at work, he enjoys the many different outdoor activities that Gunnison has to offer. He also really likes to eat buffalo wings as often as possible.