Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) Scan

EKG scan Chicago, ECG scan Chicago An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) scan is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart.

With each heartbeat, an electrical signal spreads from the top of the heart to the bottom. As it travels, the signal causes the heart to contract and pump blood. The process repeats with each new heartbeat. The heart's electrical signals set the rhythm of the heartbeat.

This test is part of Cardio-Med's complete physical exam.

How the Test is Performed

You will be asked to lie down. Your physician will clean several areas on your arms, legs, and chest, and then will attach small patches called electrodes to those areas. It may be necessary to shave or clip some hair so the patches stick to the skin. The number of patches used may vary.

The patches are connected by wires to a machine that turns the heart's electrical signals into wavy lines, which are often printed on paper. The physician reviews the test results.

You will need to remain still during the procedure. The physician may also ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds as the test is being done.

It is important to be relaxed during an ECG recording because any movement, including shivering, can alter the results.

Sometimes this test is done while you are exercising or under light stress to look for changes in the heart. This type of ECG is often called a stress test.

Why the Test is Performed

An EKG/ECG is used to measure:

An EKG is often the first test done to determine whether a person has heart disease. Your physician may order this test if:

Normal Results

Normal test results include:

What Abnormal Results Mean

Abnormal EKG/ECG results may be a sign of:

Some heart problems that can lead to changes on an ECG test include:

We also offer a body scan that provides ultrasound imaging of body organs and a test for stroke to check carotid artery blood flow to the brain. This suite of tests including the complete physical exam gives your physician a complete view of your state of health.


Call (847)758-1230 today for an appointment and consultation with our physician.
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Adapted from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

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