What is an electrocardiogram?
An electrocardiogram also known as an ECG or EKG is a graph that represents the electrical activity of your heart. This is a very simple, painless, non-invasive test that can provide valuable information to your physician about your heart.
What will the pictures/ graph show?
The electrocardiogram will show a variety of lines and waves that when analyzed by your physician may indicate if you have had any recent heart damage (heart attack). The ECG will also show how fast your heart is beating and any irregularities in your heart rhythm.
Sometimes your physician will compare your ECG to ECGS you have had done in the past. This helps to determine if changes on your electrocardiogram are new or old. Electrocardiograms DO NOT directly visualize your coronary arteries or predict future heart disease.
How is it done?
The technologist will apply electrodes (small sticky patches) that will adhere to your chest. You may need to remove your clothing from the waist up and put on a patient gown. Electrodes will be placed on your chest, arms and legs.
These electrodes will be connected to wires that will transmit the electrical signal to the ECG machine. After approximately 15 seconds, a graph will print out and the procedure will be complete. The technologist will remove the wires and electrodes and assist you with your clothing if needed.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.
How do I prepare?
There is no special preparation needed for the test.
How will I get the results?
Contact the physician who ordered the test to obtain the results.
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