Maxa Internal Medicine

3505 Duluth Park Lane
Building 4, Suite 400
Duluth, Georgia 30096

Telephone: 678-597-3180
Fax: 678-597-3181

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Electrocardiogram

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart.

You will be asked to lie down. The health care provider 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 doctor reviews the test results.

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

It is important to be relaxed and warm 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.

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Convenient Duluth Office

Our office is located in Duluth, Georgia at the corner of Duluth Park Lane and Postal Drive directly across the street from the Duluth branch of the Gwinnett Public Library and located behind the Duluth Post Office.