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Getting an ECG (EKG or Electroencephalogram) (Video)

What's an ECG (EKG or Electrocardiogram )?

An ECG (also called EKG or Electrocardiogram ) measures the heart's electrical activity. This can help doctors tell how the heart is working and identify any problems.

The ECG can help show the rate and regularity of heartbeats, the size and position of the heart's chambers, and whether there is any damage.

  • Getting an EKG

    Getting an EKG

    An EKG records the heart's activity through small wires taped to your body.

Reviewed by: KidsHealth Medical Experts
Date Reviewed: Jan 1, 2023

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