An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a study that measures the electrical waves generated by the heart. It is used to study the strength and the rhythm of the cardiac/muscular track. It is typically used during the pre-operative survey or to detect any cardiac abnormality suspected by your referring physician.
How Do I Prepare for an EKG?
The exam usually takes 20 minutes, and no preparation is necessary. During the exam, the patient may be asked to change clothes and wear an exam gown.
Wearing loose fitting jogging clothes may allow you to avoid changing clothes.
If the patient is on prescribed medication, he/she should take their medicine as directed.
This should be a painless procedure.
Following the exam, the patient may resume his/her normal diet and activities.