What is an Electrocardiogram?
An electrocardiogram (ECG) uses electrodes attached to the chest, arms, and ankles to record a baseline of the heart’s electrical rhythms. This aids in the diagnosis of an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), and can also be used to determine if there is an oxygen deficiency to the heart.
How is an ECG test performed?
To begin, please ensure that you’ve followed our patient checklist:
- Bring all current medications to the appointment
- Refrain from applying creams and powders to the chest or ankles
- Do not wear any perfumes or colognes on the day of the appointment
Once arrived, the patient will be asked remove shoes, socks, and all articles of clothing from the waist up so that electrodes can be placed on the chest, arms, and ankles. Some hair on the chest may need to be removed so that the electrodes can properly adhere to the skin.
A cardiovascular technologist will attach the electrodes to the limbs and chest of the patient.
The patient will remain at rest while the Electrocardiogram takes all necessary recordings of the electrical activities of the heart.