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Electrocardiogram (ECG)


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You may have an ECG (electrocardiogram) to check your heart if you have symptoms of a heart condition or if you've already been diagnosed with one.

You can prepare for an ECG (electrocardiogram) by wearing a top that's easy to take on and off, and not using body lotions or powders before the test.

During an ECG (electrocardiogram), sticky electrodes are placed on your skin while you rest, exercise or over a period of time to monitor your heart.

You may get your ECG (electrocardiogram) results on the same day, but it can take a few weeks. You may need an appointment to discuss the results.

An ECG (electrocardiogram) is a test that checks the electrical activity of your heart to help diagnose and check heart conditions.

Page last reviewed: 09/11/2023
Next review due: 09/11/2026