What is an Electrocardiogram (EKG)?
An Electrocardiogram (EKG) is a recording of the electrical impulses from the heart. It is sometimes used in conjunction with an Exercise Treadmill Test (ETT). Click here to read more.
How Does An EKG Work?
Electrodes that send impulses to the EKG machine are attached to the patient's skin. The heart's electrical currents are recorded and displayed on a computer monitor and can be printed out on special graph paper. Qualified medical staff interprets the graphed results to determine any irregularities.
The recording often reveals the scars of past heart attacks and other heart damage. Although the test cannot predict future heart attacks or other heart problems, a combination of family history and additional examinations may give your doctor a good idea of what to expect.
An EKG does not hurt.
How Do I Prepare For An EKG?
No special preparation is necessary for an EKG. It is helpful to wear a two-piece outfit so you do not have to disrobe entirely unless necessary.
Click here to learn more about EKGs.