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Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An ECG is a snapshot of your heart’s electrical activity. It is often performed in a doctor’s office. Stickers (electrodes) are attached to your chest, arms, and legs. These electrodes measure the rate and rhythm of your heart. An ECG is commonly used to diagnose abnormal heart rhythms. It generally takes about 5-10 minutes to obtain an electrocardiogram.

Often referred to as an EKG.

Purpose of an ECG

  • Evaluation of interval measurements (Long QT Syndrome)
  • Antiarrhythmic medication surveillance
  • Evaluation of heart rhythm and rate
  • Evaluation for findings suggestive of myocardial infarction/heart attack (performed in the emergency department)
  • Diagnose/look for heart damage

How do I prepare for an electrocardiogram (ECG)

  • Avoid using lotions or oils on your skin before your ECG as they can make it difficult for the electrodes to sick to s
  • Avoid wearing full-length stockings/hosiery (electrodes/stickers will need to be placed on your legs).
  • Wear clothing or a top that you can remove easily to place the leads on your chest.

ECG Interpretation

  • A trained provider will review your electrocardiogram and relay any concerning findings to you.