What happens when the test is performed?
- test? You lie on your back with your shirt off. Stickers or
small suction cups (called electrodes or leads) are stuck to
your skin in a row across your chest and in one place on each
arm and leg. The leads record electrical activity coming from
your heart, but from different angles.You must remain still but
won't feel anything as the machine records the electrical activity
that occurs naturally with each heartbeat and prints out a tracing
of the signals on a piece of paper. Tell the person taking the
EKG if you have any chest pain during the procedure because this
information is useful to the doctor who will interpret the findings.
The test takes three or four minutes.