An electrocardiogram, also called an ECG or EKG, is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart. It used to measure:
A Deborah Specialty Physician may order this test if a patient has:
A health care provider will attach electrodes to the patient’s arms, legs, and chest. The electrodes are connected to a machine that reads the heart’s electrical activity and turns it into wavy lines which are printed on paper.
The patient must remain calm and still during the procedure and may be asked to hold his or her breath during the test.
Sometimes this test is done while the patient is exercising or under light stress to look for changes in the heart. This type of ECG is often called a stress test.
Patients can resume normal activities after an electrocardiogram.