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Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Description:


An ECG is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart. It is used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats as well as the size and position of the chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart (such as pacemaker)

Preparation: None

Test Procedure:

1. You will be asked to remove your clothes from the waist up and put a gown on

2. Then you will lie down on a bed and electrodes ( which look like little stickers) will be attached to your chest, arms and legs

3. This might require shaving hair on your chest (men only) if necessary

4. You will be asked to remain still while the ECG is being taken

5. It is important to relax -any movement including muscle tremors can alter the tracing


Length Of Time: Be prepared to spend approximately 30 minutes at the hospital