Cardiac Imaging » Electrocardiogram (EKG)

The ECG (also known as EKG) is a test that records electrical signals from your heart onto a paper strip. The pattern of these signals can help tell the doctor whether your heart is normal, under stress, or experiencing electrical problems, strain, or damage.

Getting Ready

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the chest.
  • Allow enough time before your ECG to check in. You will likely need to fill out paperwork before the test.

What Happens During an ECG

  • 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, the healthcare provider will remove the electrodes. The ECG takes about 10 minutes.

After the Test

  • You can resume your normal activity.
  • The results are sent to your doctor.
  • Be sure to keep your follow-up appointment.