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Electrocardiogram (ECG)Electrocardiograma (ECG)

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

The ECG (also known as EKG) is a test that records electrical signals from your heart onto a paper strip. The pattern of these signals can help tell the doctor whether your heart is normal, under stress, or experiencing electrical problems, strain, or damage.

Image of patient with electrodes on chest, shoulders, and legs

Getting Ready

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the chest.

  • Allow enough time before your ECG to check in. You will likely need to fill out paperwork before the test.

What Happens During an ECG

  • You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and to put on a gown. You will then lie down on your back.

  • Electrodes (small pads) are placed on your chest, shoulders, and legs.

  • The electrodes record your heart rhythm and any change in your heart's signals that occurs during the test.

  • After a few minutes of recording, the healthcare provider will remove the electrodes. The ECG takes about 10 minutes.

After the Test

  • You can resume your normal activity.

  • The results are sent to your doctor.

  • Be sure to keep your follow-up appointment.

Your next appointment is:____________________

Tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • Are taking any medications.

  • Feel any chest discomfort.

  • Feel as though your heart is beating rapidly or irregularly (palpitations).

  • Have ever blacked out.

Publication Source: American Heart Association

Online Source: American Heart Association

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-09-16T00:00:00-06:00

 

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