The electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a diagnostic tool that is routinely used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart. Electrode leads, placed on the chest wall, are able to detect electrical impulses that are generated by the heart. By interpreting the tracing which is obtained, the physician can learn about the heart rate and rhythm as well as blood flow to the ventricles (indirectly).

Getting Ready

  • No special preparation is necessary
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What to Expect

An area of your chest may be cleaned with a prepping agent and alcohol.  EKG pads or leads are placed on your chest, arms and legs.  These pads are connected by a set of lead wires to the EKG machine.  This non-invasive test is not painful. The cardiovascular technician will record your electrocardiogram, which consists of multiple tracings or electrical views of your heart.


The entire test takes about 10 minutes.

After the Test

You can maintain your normal activity after this test.  Check with your medical provider to find out when the results will be available to you.


Cardiovascular Services – (508) 422-2460


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Patients should call to pre-register up to two weeks in advance for any scheduled surgery and out-patient appointment including most diagnostic tests, lab work and pre-operative testing. This eliminates the need to wait for an admissions representative upon arrival. Patients can go directly to their point of service. Admissions representatives are available to take calls from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Please call 508-422-2222.

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