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ELECTROCARDIOGRAM
(ECG/EKG; Resting Electrocardiogram)
 
DESCRIPTION:

The electrocardiogram is a non-invasive, painless, simplest procedure used to evaluate the heart. This test is primarily used to screen for and diagnose a variety of cardiac conditions as well as to monitor the heart’s response to therapy. It generates graphical representation of the electrical activity of the heart.
 
PREPARATION/WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Patient is instructed to lie down in supine position.

  • Chest surface area will be cleaned with cotton balls soaked lightly with alcohol. Those with heavy chest hair may need to be clipped to assure adequate electrode-to-skin-contact.

  • Clip rods are affixed to each arm and leg and electrodes to the chest. The electrical activity is recorded from the patient’s body surface (limbs and chest) by the electrodes and clip rods, held snugly against the skin.

  • Patient will be required to remain still for 2-3 minutes.

  There are no restrictions for food or fluids However, ingestion of cold water immediately before an ECG may produce changes in one of the waveforms recorded (the T wave). Exercise (such as climbing stairs or heavy walking) immediately before an ECG may significantly increase your heart rate.

The test takes 5 - 10 minutes to complete and yields information about the heart rhythm and rate, hypertrophy (thickness of the heart muscle) and chamber enlargement, presence of an old or ongoing heart attack (myocardial infarction), or evidence of impaired blood supply (ischemia). There are no special preparations or instructions prior to the study.