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Electrocardiogram (EKG)

The Heart Center at Children's Health℠ offers free sports EKG Screening for children ages 8 and up with physician referral. EKGs are for asymptomatic patients only, and not appropriate for patients with palpitations and/or dizziness, as these patients require more evaluation.

What is Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

An EKG is a simple, fast test that measures the heart’s electrical activity to help evaluate its function and help identify any problems that may exist.

What are the benefits of Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

Heart health screenings are important for children as they can indicate arrhythmia, congenital heart defects, heart failure and more. Fact is, the earlier a problem is detected, the better. 

What to expect with Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

What to expect before Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

Your child may eat and drink as usual. You should not use any cream, lotion, powder or baby oil on your child’s chest on the day of the test.

What to expect during Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

Your child will lie flat on a bed. Small plastic stickers, called electrodes, are attached to your child’s chest, arms and legs, and wires connected to the EKG machine are attached to the electrodes. The EKG detects the electrical signals from the surface of your child’s skin and records them. The painless test only lasts three to four minutes and is completely safe.

What to expect after Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

The wires are disconnected, and the electrodes are removed from your child’s body before being discharged. A cardiologist at Children’s Health℠ will interpret the results, which are typically available within two business days. If the EKG reveals a problem with your child’s heart, a repeat EKG or other diagnostic tests may be necessary. Treatment depends on what is causing your child’s signs and symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why would a doctor perform an EKG?

    An EKG may be performed to get a baseline measure of your child’s heartbeat, to test a pacemaker, to ensure heart medications are working or to check the heart after surgery. The test looks for abnormal heart rates and rhythm patterns. An EKG can also help determine the size and position of the heart’s chambers and whether there is any damage present.

  • What are the operating hours?

    Monday 1:00-3:00pm
    Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm
    Friday 9:00am-3:00pm