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Overview

Electrocardiography (ECG) is a test to measure the electrical activity of the heart. It enables a cardiologist to thoroughly evaluate the functioning of the heart.

What is Electrocardiography (ECG)?

Electrocardiography (ECG) is also called as an EKG. It helps cardiologists identify signs of heart diseases. Electrocardiography (ECG) helps to check the heart rhythm, evaluate the rate of blood flow, diagnose heart attacks, and check for thickened heart muscles.

How is Electrocardiography (ECG) Performed?

Electrocardiography (ECG) is a non-invasive and painless procedure. The process of ECG involves the following steps:

  • The patient lies down on the examination table.
  • The radiologist will attach electrodes to the chest, arms and legs.
  • The electrodes are attached to an instrument that records the readings and creates pictures of the electrical impulses from the heart, on the graph paper.

Electrocardiography (ECG) is a quick procedure, lasting 15 to 20 minutes.

Side-effects of Electrocardiography (ECG)

Electrocardiography (ECG) is a safe procedure that does not have side-effects.

  • Patients may feel anxious before Electrocardiography (ECG).
  • Some patients complain of discomfort due to the electrodes.

Preparation before Performing Electrocardiography (ECG)

Electrocardiography (ECG) test does not require much prior preparation.

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • You may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  • Avoid greasy oils and creams on the day of Electrocardiography (ECG) test.
  • Men have to shave their chest hair before the test.
  • The doctor may ask you to discontinue certain medications before the test.

Post-care after Electrocardiography (ECG)

Electrocardiography (ECG) is a simple test and patients can go home after the test.

  • Resume normal routine after the test.
  • Follow the instructions of the doctor about medications to be taken after Electrocardiography (ECG).

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