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How should I prepare for an electrocardiogram?

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Some things you can do to get yourself ready:

  • Avoid oily or greasy skin creams and lotions the day of the test because they can keep the electrodes from making contact with your skin.
  • Avoid full-length hosiery, because electrodes need to be placed directly on your legs.
  • Wear a shirt that you can remove easily to place the leads on your chest.

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Electrocardiogram" and "Holter Monitor (24h)."

American College of Cardiology -- CardioSmart.org: "Women and Heart Disease."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 23, 2017

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Electrocardiogram" and "Holter Monitor (24h)."

American College of Cardiology -- CardioSmart.org: "Women and Heart Disease."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 23, 2017

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