EKG or ECG | Electrocardiogram
Are you experiencing shortness of breath, chest discomfort, or a racing heart? Your provider may ask you to have an EKG.
An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is an effective, safe and painless procedure for checking your heart.
Many patients have an EKG right in their provider’s office. Or patients may be referred to a medical facility that specializes in diagnostic technologies.
What is an EKG?
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) tracks electrical activity in the heart.
The electrical activity is what keeps the heart pumping and on pace.
The EKG shows:
Damage to the heart
How fast the heart is beating
Effects of drugs or assistive heart devices
Characteristics of the heart chambers
Sometimes an EKG is done while a patient is exercising. This is one type of stress test. Stress tests can help determine if there are abnormalities when the heart is working harder.
There are no risks or pain with EKG testing.