Vaccinations/ EKG Specialist

South Orange Avenue Medical Associates

Internal Medicine & Interventional Cardiology located in South Orange, NJ, East Orange, NJ, & Newark, NJ

When it comes to good health, prevention goes a long way. The experienced internal medicine and cardiology team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates takes a preventive approach to medical care. The practice offers many treatments to protect your health, including vaccinations and electrocardiograms (EKG). Call the South Orange, New Jersey, office today.


What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are shots that protect you from diseases. They contain extremely small concentrations of weakened or killed forms of the disease from which they’re protecting you. 

When injected into your body, the vaccination stimulates your immune system to create antibodies against the germ, so when you come in contact with it again, your body is able to fight it off quickly so you don’t get sick. 

While it’s possible to develop some symptoms after a vaccination, side effects are usually limited to pain at the site of your injection. 


What types of vaccinations do I need?

Vaccinations aren’t just for kids. Adults also need vaccinations to support immune health and protect against chronic disease. Some of the vaccinations the team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates may recommend include:

  • Annual flu shot
  • Tetanus every 10 years
  • Diphtheria every 10 years
  • Pneumococcal diseases for adults over age 65
  • Shingles for adults over age 50

If you travel outside of the United States, you may also benefit from additional vaccinations to protect you from illnesses that you may come into contact with abroad, such as those for typhoid or yellow fever. 


What is an EKG?

An EKG is a noninvasive painless cardiac test that measures the electrical activity in your heart. South Orange Avenue Medical Associates is fully equipped with an EKG machine, and they conduct the test right at the practice.


Why would I need an EKG?

The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates reviews with you why they’re recommending an EKG before the test. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Assessing arrhythmias (irregularities in your heartbeat)
  • Diagnosing coronary artery disease (blocked blood vessels)
  • Looking for structural problems in the chambers of your heart
  • Diagnosing a prior heart attack
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of cardiac treatment

During your EKG, electrodes are placed on various parts of your body and your test begins, which only takes a few minutes. The team requests that you stay as still as possible during your EKG so they can get the most accurate results.

There’s no downtime following an EKG and you can resume your usual activities afterward unless the team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates directs otherwise. 

The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates takes a proactive and preventive approach to medicine. Whether you need to update your vaccinations or have concerns about cardiac health, the team has you covered. Call the office today.