What is it?
It is the printed record of the electrical activity of the heart.
Why is it used?
This is a basic and simple test that provides information on changes in heart rate, cardiac cavities growth and changes consistent with acute myocardial infarction or angina pectoris.
How is the test performed?
Electrodes are placed on the chest and limbs of the patient lying on a stretcher. The electrodes will be connected to an electrocardiograph which can obtain a printed continuous recording.
What are the risks?
No discomfort and no risk to the patient.