Heart Center

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)


The 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.

What Happens During an EKG

  • You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and put on a gown. You will then lie down on your back.
  • Electrodes are placed on your chest, shoulders, and legs. If you have excess chest hair that keeps the electrodes from making contact, small patches of hair may need to be shaved.
  • The electrodes record your heart rhythm and any change in your heart's signals that occurs during the test.

After the Test

Your results will be sent to your primary care physician.