An electrocardiogram (EKG), also called an ECG, is a test that checks your heart’s electrical activity. Electrodes attached to your chest, arms and legs send information to a computer. The results are recorded as digital files.
The EKG is a noninvasive test, meaning it does not require surgery or the insertion of a catheter. It is a painless process and carries no risks.
Our doctors use electrocardiograms to help diagnose many common heart conditions and disorders, including:
Your doctor may also use electrocardiograms to screen for:
When you come in for an EKG test at an Aurora Health Care facility, we offer you:
The EKG is a very simple test that only takes about 15 minutes and doesn’t require any special preparation on your part.
The resting 12-lead electrocardiogram is the standard EKG test. During the procedure:
Your technician will not be able to share your test results immediately. A doctor who specializes in reading EKGs will review your test results and send them to your doctor.
Your doctor will contact you as soon as possible with your EKG results. He/she will talk to you about any additional testing requests or treatment plans, if needed.