What is EKG

What exactly is EKG? Our medical encyclopedia can get you started in your journey to learn more about this procedure. Continue your research by choosing one of the procedure sections to the left.

EKG Definition


Alternate Names for EKG:
ECG
Electrocardiogram

Definition

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) measures the electrical activity of your heart. The heart generates electrical signal which flows out from your heart through your body. Small electrical sensors, called electrodes, are put on your skin to sense the electricity that began in your heart. The electrical activity is then turned into a graph. This can give doctors an idea of whether your heart is beating normally.

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What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For EKG
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
EKG Complications
Complications
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EKG Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
EKG Results
Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about EKG
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

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