An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) is a visual representation of the electrical activity of your heart. It helps your doctor evaluate your heart. This test:
- Is safe and painless.
- Can be done in a hospital, test center, or doctor’s office.
- Takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.
During Your EKG
- Your skin may be cleaned with alcohol to allow the electrodes to stick to your skin better.
- Small pads (electrodes) are placed on your chest to monitor your heartbeat.
- You may be asked to hold still or hold your breath.
- After the tracing is obtained the stickers are removed.
After Your EKG
- Return to normal activity unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
- Be sure to keep follow-up appointments.