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EKG Test

An electrocardiogram, sometimes abbreviated as EKG or ECG is a test that checks for issues with the electrical activity of your heart. The machine translates the heart’s electrical activity onto tracings on paper. The dips and spikes created on the tracings are called waves which are then read by a doctor to give a proper diagnosis.

EKG Tests are done to:

  • Check your heart rhythm
  • Check the flow to your heart muscle
  • Diagnose a heart attack
  • Check the heart’s electrical activity
  • Check how well medicines are working and whether they are causing side effects that affect the heart.
  • Check the health of your heart when you’ve been previously diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or have a history of diabetes
  • Find evidence of heart disease

What to expect during an EKG:

Patients can expect to receive a full overview of their heart’s current condition. While lying on a bed or table, areas on your arms, legs, and chest will be marked with small metal discs called electrodes. An EKG paste will be placed on a patient’s skin to improve the conduction of the electrical impulses. From there, the patient will be asked to lie still and breathe normally as the machine measures the heart’s electrical activity from different locations on the chest. After the procedure, the paste is wiped off, and the doctor will read the findings and formulate a diagnosis.


The professionals at Westchester Health Center will take the time to find answers and listen to our patients to provide them with the best care. If you would like to schedule an appointment or receive more information, contact a location near you.

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