Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center

(801) 507-4701Map5121 S. Cottonwood StreetMurray, UT 84107

Overview of EKG

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) records the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG provides information about your heart's rate and rhythm. It also diagnoses ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart muscle), heart attacks, and a variety of other heart conditions.

To perform an EKG, your healthcare provider places sensing electrodes on the skin of your chest, arms, and legs. The electrodes are small adhesive patches with wires that connect to a monitor. The monitor captures and displays your heart's electrical activity and can record it on graph paper. These recordings are often called tracings.

 
Illustration of electrode placement during an EKGDuring an EKG, sensing electrodes are placed on your skin. The number of electrodes you'll wear during your EKG depends on the kind of information your providers want to capture. The most common test is a 12-lead EKG test. This test uses 10 electrodes to generate 12 different views of the heart's electrical activity.
 

Patient Instructions

Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during and after this procedure:

Where Do I Go?

EKGs are performed in several places at the Heart Institute:

If you have questions please call us: 801-507-4701.

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