What is an Electrocardiogram?
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An ECG translates the heart’s electrical activity into line tracings on paper, so that a physician can interpret the results.
Reasons for the Test
How To Prepare
You can eat and perform your activities of daily living before the test however please do not consume any caffeine 4 hours prior to your test (no tea, coffee, decaffeinated products, chocolate, soda pop or medications containing caffeine).
How It Is Done
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is done by a technician, and the resulting ECG is interpreted by a doctor, such as an internist, family physician, cardiologist, or surgeon. You may receive an ECG as part of a physical examination at your health professional’s office or during a series of tests at a hospital or clinic.