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An electrocardiogram records the electrical signals in your heart. It's a common and painless test used to quickly detect heart problems and monitor your heart's health. Why might I need an electrocardiogram? To look for the cause of chest pain. To evaluate problems which may be heart-related, such as severe tiredness, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting. To identify irregular heartbeats. Can an EKG detect a blockage? No, an electrocardiogram cannot detect blocked arteries. Blocked arteries are usually diagnosed with a nuclear stress test, cardiac pet scan, coronary CT angiogram or traditional coronary angiogram. How Does an EKG Work? An EKG test involves placing electrodes on different areas of your chest and using these to measure electrical activity. This activity shows up on a graph, which your doctor will examine in order to check for irregularities or abnormalities. Good Candidates for an EKG You might be a good candidate for an EKG if you are experiencing any symptoms that could be signs of heart problems. Even without symptoms, you might be a suitable candidate if heart disease or other heart problems run in your family. Risks of an EKG EKG tests are considered safe for many patients. Although electrodes are placed on your chest, they do not produce any electrical shocks or other unpleasant sensations while the test is being done. When the electrodes are removed from your chest afterwards, you might experience slight discomfort. In rare cases, swelling or redness can occur. How to Prepare for an EKG You normally don’t need to follow any special instructions in order to prepare for an EKG. Your doctor will want to know about medications you take to make sure that they won’t interfere with the results of your EKG. You don’t need to fast or make any dietary changes before having this type of test done. What to Expect During an EKG When you have an EKG done, you’ll usually have 10 electrodes placed on your chest. You’ll need to stay as still as possible while the test is done, since movements can affect the results. Keep in mind that this test only takes a few minutes to do. After an EKG You don’t have to restrict your activities after you have an EKG done. Your doctor will evaluate your results, and discuss them with you. You might have to undergo additional tests if you have results that are abnormal. If you do have a heart problem, your doctor will go over treatment options with you. Results sent to PCP within 24 hours
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