Topic: Tests & Procedures
This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about EKGs. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.
WHAT IS AN EKG?
EKG or (ECG) stands for electrocardiogram. An EKG is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart.
HOW IS AN EKG DONE?
The EKG can be done in your child’s hospital room with a portable machine or your child may be taken to a special room. Either way, you are allowed to stay with your child during the test. Stickers called electrodes are placed on your child’s chest, arm and legs. These are connected to wires that record your child’s heartbeat on the machine. During the test your child will need to lie quietly on his or her back. The test usually takes 10-15 minutes.
DOES AN EKG HURT?
No. The test does not hurt.
WHEN WILL I KNOW THE RESULTS OF THE EKG?
The person doing the test will not be able to give you the results. EKGs are read by the cardiologist the same day they are done (Monday-Friday only). If you do not hear from your physician by the next day, you may want to call him or her for the results.
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Corregido: 2000, 2004
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