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Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

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If you have any sudden or unexplained chest pain, call 911 immediately.

What is an Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

An electrocardiogram, also called an ECG or EKG, is one of the simplest and fastest tests used to evaluate the heart.

The heart has natural electrical impulses that keep the blood flowing correctly. An EKG records the impulses to show the rhythm of the heart beats, how fast the heart is beating, and the timing of the electrical impulses as they move through different parts of the heart.

UR Medicine's Approach

UR Medicine Cardiac Care offers the most current equipment available for electrocardiograms. Our staff is highly trained in performing these exams and takes special care to help patients feel at ease.

If your primary care provider is concerned that you may be at risk for cardiovascular disease, they may perform an EKG at an annual checkup. EKGs may be performed regularly at cardiology appointments as well as in the Emergency Room if you are experiencing chest pain.

What Happens During an EKG?

Your UR Medicine provider will place electrodes (small, plastic patches that stick to the skin) at certain spots on your chest, arms, and legs.

The electrodes are connected to an electrocardiogram machine by lead wires. The electrical activity of the heart is then measured, interpreted, and printed out. No electricity is sent into the body.

How Long Does an EKG Take?

An EKG only takes 5-10 minutes.

What Sets Us Apart?

As the region’s only academic medical center, we have exceptionally high standards that help ensure the best results for our patients. Our experts use state-of-the-art technology to identify heart disease and offer treatments and strategies to maximize heart health. Whether you need to control your high blood pressure or seek specialized care for an unusual heart condition, UR Medicine Cardiac Care has the expertise for you.

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