An EKG is a test used to analyze heart health. EKG machines record electrical activity and draw the activity into a picture that can be analyzed by a doctor to measure heart health. EKGs provide information on:
- Heart rhythm
- Blood flow to the heart muscle
- Risk of a heart attack
- Abnormalities in the heart
How Should I Prepare for my EKG Exam?
Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions for your EKG, which will likely include:
- Avoiding oily or greasy skin creams and lotions
- Not wearing full-length hosiery
- Wearing a shirt that is easily removed
What Happens during an EKG?
An EKG begins with a technician placing 10 electrodes to your chest, arms, and legs with adhesive pads. Sometimes shaving is required to allow for a better connection.
During the test, you are positioned flat on your back while the machine measures and creates the picture of electrical impulses passing through your body. The process takes about 10 minutes from start to finish, and requires only a few seconds for the recording and drawing to be prepared.
Following the test, your results are forwarded to your doctor so he or she can interpret them and determine the next course of action.
If you would like to know more about EKG testing or an EKG has been recommended by your doctor, contact Myrtle Medical to schedule your test.