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Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)


An electrocardiogram is a quick and painless test using simple electrode stickers attached to the chest and arms which connect via wires to the EKG machine. The signal 'read' from these wires is interpreted by the computer and produces a chart for the physician to read.

The Result

An EKG can detect many common types of heart problems such as:

  • Arrhythmias or Irregular heart rhythm
  • Heart defects
  • Problems with your heart's valves
  • Coronary Artery Disease or blocked or narrowed arteries in your heart
  • A heart attack, in emergency situations
  • A previous heart attack

Is It Risky?

An EKG is perfectly safe and there is no risk of electrocution during this procedure.

Getting Ready

There are no special requirements for preparation. You should ,however, avoid drinking cold water and vigorous exercise right before the procedure. These can cause irregular readings.

The Results

The results will usually be given the same day. If there are any serious problems with the EKG the doctor will know right away and will be sure to act accordingly.