Learn About Life Saving Screenings

What is an Electrocardiogram – EKG or ECG?

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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:

  • Your heart rhythm
  • The blood flow to your heart musclFor things that are abnormal, such as thickened heart muscle

What is an Echocardiogram?

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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:

  • The overall function of your heart
  • The presence of heart abnormalities

How Should I Prepare?

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Some things you can do to get yourself ready:

  • Avoid oily or greasy skin creams and lotions the day of the screening because they can keep the electrodes from making contact with your skin.
  • Avoid full-length hosiery, because electrodes need to be placed directly on your legs.
  • Where comfortable, loose fitting clothing
  • Wear a shirt that you can remove easily to place the leads on your chest.