Electrocardiogram - EKG

An electrocardiogram is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart. It may be called an EKG or ECG.




An electrocardiogram is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart. It may be called an EKG or ECG.



An electrocardiogram measures your heart's activity. It is also known as an EKG or ECG.

  • An EKG provides information about your heart's rate and rhythm. It can help diagnosis if there is a blockage in your coronary arteries that interferes with the flow of blood to your heart muscle, which can cause a heart attack.
  • A complete EKG includes the test, the doctor's interpretation, and the written report.

An EKG may be done in a doctor's office or hospital.

  • No special preparation or aftercare is required.
  • Small electrodes will be placed on the upper arms, lower legs, and chest.
  • You will be asked to remain still. Movement could affect test results.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?
  • Before your test, make a list of your questions, concerns, symptoms and medications (including over-the-counter). Verify which medications you should take the day of the test.
  • After your EKG, you should know if there are any immediate concerns and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider.

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Heart Rhythm
Heart Rate
Heart Problem
Electrocardiogram - EKG
Electrocardiogram
EKG
ECG


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