Why would I need a electrocardiogram?
Every beating heart has a tempo or rhythm. If you have irregular heart beats, shortness of breath, unexplained chest pain, or simply haven't seen your doctor in a while you will likely have an electrocardiogram to measure your heart.
Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG)
An EKG will measure the speed of your heart beats, if they are regular or not as well as the strength and timing of your body's natural electrical impulses that pass through each part of your heart.
An EKG will be given while sitting or lying down but can also occur during stress tests on a treadmill. Small sticky sensors will be placed on your torso to measure your heart's electrical activity. It can be a little uncomfortable but there is no risk of electric shock as an EKG only records your heart's electricity and does not send an electric signal.
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