An electrocardiogram -- also called an EKG or ECG – is used to check the electrical activity of your heart through small electrode patches that a technician attaches to the skin of your chest, arms and legs.
EKGs are quick, safe, and painless. This screening checks:
An echocardiogram uses ultrasound to provide a moving picture of the heart muscle and heart valves. A hand-held device called a transducer is placed on the chest and transmits high frequency sound waves (ultrasound).
It is a painless screening and uses the same technology used to evaluate a baby's health before birth. This screening assesses:
Some things you can do to get yourself ready: