The electrocardiogram (ECG, or commonly known as EKG) is a painless test that records electrical signals from your heart onto a paper strip. The pattern of these signals can help your doctor detect and study many heart problems, including heart attacks, arrhythmias, and heart failure.
What to expect during an electrocardiogram (EKG) test
- You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and to put on a gown. You will then lie down on your back
- Electrodes (small pads) are placed on your chest, shoulders, and legs
- The electrodes record your heart rhythm and any change in your heart's signals that occurs during the test
- After a few minutes of recording, your doctor or the technician will remove the electrodes.
At risk for heart disease?
Heart disease comes in many forms and can affect people of any age, gender, or ethnicity. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The more you can learn about your heart health, the better. Knowledge is truly powerful medicine that helps you understand your risks and take action to lessen your potential for problems. It can lead to early detection, and most importantly, to early treatment and better outcomes.
Take this quick assessment to:
- Understand symptoms, causes, and types of heart disease
- Determine your risk factors for developing heart disease
- Learn which lifestyle factors can decrease your risk