EKG Test Pre-op?

Dr.salama's staff sent me an email requesting a bunch of blood tests and and EKG (which i find strange since im a 19 yr old non smoker). Anyways, i have no insurance and spent 250 on the blood tests but they dont do EGKs. Next care urgent care doesn't either and ill be out of state from now until my surgery. Where can i get this done. Its become such a hassle and my surgery is on the 19th. Help! (Ps i will be in Chicago up until my surgery in FL)

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EKG at a young age for surgery

Thank you for your question. In our office, we require an EKG for any patient over the age of 50 going through a procedure with general anesthesia AND/OR any patient that has a medical condition or history that would warrant additional testing. We do however, require blood testing before any procedure requiring a general anesthesia. I would check back with your surgeons office to confirm that they are requesting an EKG for your case. If they confirm that an EKG is required, you should look at a cardiologists office (which you can google for the area that you will be in). Check around as pricing varies, however, the cardiologists office that we use charges a cash based price of $55 for our patients. I hope this helps.


Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Testing before surgery

When you are 19 and healthy without any serious medical conditions, typically a blood count and pregnancy test would be sufficient testing. An EKG is not necessary in a young patient with no history of heart trouble. Perhaps you can call to discuss the need with your surgeon.

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It is not normal for a healthy young patient like yourself to have an EKG prior to having surgery. You would have to have a history of some type of cardiac problem. I would call and make sure that your doctor is actually asking for this test or if this was a mix up.

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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EKG Test Pre-op?

EKG's are not typical for young healthy patients that do not have any history of cardiac disease...check with the Dr's office to be sure that this particular test does not apply to you.

Kenneth A. Marshall, MD, FACS
Wellesley Plastic Surgeon
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EKG not a Normal Pre-Op Requirement for Young Healthy Patients

EKG exams are generally required for surgery patients over the age of 50 or have pre-existing heart conditions, high blood pressure, or is a heavy smoker.  I recommend contacting your doctor's office for clarification.

Usha Rajagopal, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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EKG Prior To Surgery

Dear Miladoll,

While every surgeon has their own unique pre-operative requirements, it is very unusual for a healthy patient of your age to need the pre-op testing you discussed.  Current accepted anesthesia protocols also do not require these tests for healthy patients.  I recommend you contact your plastic surgeon's offices and discuss your concerns before proceeding.

Herluf G. Lund, Jr, MD
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

EKG and Blood work prior to Breast Augmentation

I would concur with previous opinions. There is no need for and EKG or labwork in someone your age group unless you are on medications or have a strong history of heart problems in your family.

Robert Kearney, MD, FACS
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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EKG is not common test for young healthy patient

There are state and national recommendations for preoperative testing for patients undergoing general anesthesia.  It is not a standard recommendation for an EKG to be performed on young healthy patients.  I would check with your PS again to confirm that this is requested and ask them what is the reason for the test.  Reasons for young patients to obtain an EKG include shortness of breath, mitral valve prolapse, irregular heart beat, etc. This can save you time and money!

Tripti Burt, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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EKG Test Pre-op?

Every surgeon will have different policies. In our office for the past 30 years with all major procedures done under a general anesthesia with board certified anesthesiologist we do not get blood tests or EKGs on healthy patients under age 60.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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EKG Usually Not Needed For Healthy Young Patient

I order all of patients' pre-op tests as "Anesthesia Guidelines" which prevents me from ordering unnecessary tests.  The anesthesia group with whom I work would only require a hemoglobin test, if anything, on a patient of your age and health status.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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