What Is An Electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat and is used to find patterns in heart rhythms which can help diagnose a number of heart conditions.

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to learn more about the electrical system of the heart. It records the electrical signals from your heart as they travel. Our medical team uses an electrocardiogram to find patterns in heart rhythms, which can help diagnose a number of heart conditions. It is a painless, non-invasive test, and results are usually available the same day.

Understanding the heart’s electrical systems can help our doctors diagnose a variety of different heart disorders. Depending upon the symptoms and condition, different types of electrocardiograms can be ordered.

Some electrocardiograms are performed while the patient is still for just minutes. Stress tests may take place over the course of an hour so that the doctor can see how the patient’s heart responds to normal play and exercise and, in some cases, electrocardiogram monitors may be needed to evaluate a patient’s symptoms over a period of time.

At Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists, we provide ECGs to adults and children. There’s no pain or risk associated with having an electrocardiogram.  Call our office to schedule an appointment at 203-334-2100.