There is no chance of problems while having an
electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG). An EKG is a completely safe test. In most
cases, there is no reason why you should not be able to get an EKG.
The electrodes are used to transfer an image of the electrical activity
of your heart to tracing on paper. No electricity passes through your body from
the machine, and there is no danger of getting an electrical shock.
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a
test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An
EKG translates the heart's electrical activity into line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the line tracings are called waves.
Your doctor will look
at the pattern of spikes and dips on your electrocardiogram to check the
electrical activity in different parts of your heart. The spikes and dips are
grouped into different sections that show how your heart is working.
Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) results
The heart beats in a regular rhythm, usually
between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
The tracing looks normal.
The heart beats too slow (such as less
than 60 beats
The heart beats too fast (such as more than 100 beats per
The heart rhythm is not regular.
The tracing does not look
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Not having the electrodes securely attached to
- Moving or talking during the
Exercising before the test.
- Being anxious or
breathing very deeply or rapidly.