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Electrocardiography (EKG)

Electrocardiography (EKG)

What is an electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that records electrical activity of the heart to detect abnormal heart rhythms and muscle damage. An EKG is one of the fastest and simplest tests to evaluate your heart.

Why is your doctor ordering an echocardiogram?

An EKG can help your doctor determine the reason you may be experiencing chest pain, palpitations, rapid heart rate, or heart rhythm changes.

What to expect

During your EKG, a technician will place several electrodes, or patches, on your chest, shoulder, and legs. The electrodes are hooked to a machine that traces your heart activity onto a paper.

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