Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

172 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

What should I expect having an ECG done?

I am off to the doctors for an ECG and was wondering what I should expect from it. Will it hurt? Will I have to be topless for it? I'm female. Thanks
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Treatment/Therapy
Lab Tests
  User's Response
's  Response
It won't hurt at all. You have to take your top off but you can keep your bra on, however it it's easier and more accurate if you do remove your bra because the bra can interfere with the placement of the electrodes. 12 self adhesive electrode pads will be attached to the skin on various locations of your chest, arms and legs. The patches are connected by wires to the electrocardiograph machine.The test is completely painless and takes less than a minute to perform once the leads are in position. You just have to sit still whilst it's being done.
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

If you notice that there are two P waves for every QRS complex, what are the person s problem(s)?

doctor1 MD

Hi Doc, I am 31 years old female from Asia with 2 kids of age 5 and 1 year old. I have stomach ache for past 5 days and started diarrhea 3 days ago. 2 days ago I met doc, he does the ECG and said that my ecg shows T inversion at lead JJ,JJJ,AVF,V1,V2,V3. at same time i have low blood pressure 99/60. Continue blood test with normal cardiac enxyme. Today i feel better and stomach ache an diarrhea also seems to be better. What cause my ecg not o looks normal? Should i worry on this abnormal ecg and repeat again. Need guidance.

Recent questions on  Cardiac electrophysiology

doctor1 MD

I recently had an ECG after an abnormal EKG. The ECG showed vent. rate 108bpm Sinus tachycardia, PR interval 158 ms, possible left atrial enlargement, QRS duration 88 ms , nonspecific ST abnormality, QT/QTc 368/493 ms, abnormal ECG, P-R-T axes 70 48 58 and prolonged QT. The cardiologist didn t seem very concerned and felt the abnormality was because of the medication I was taking - remeron for sleeping; I suffer from chronic insomnia. I have been on this medication for over two years and have never had any side effects or problems with it. In the past three-four months, however, I have been experiencing chest pains, some severe which is why I went to my physician to get the first EKG which showed a fast heart beat and was referred to the cardiologist for an ECG, EKG and a stress test. I was only on the treadmill for maybe 4 1/3 minutes before I experienced SOB and chest pains. They repeated the ECG and I was told it was abnormal and to discuss my medications with my psychiatrist and that I had nothing to worry about. When I see abnormal ECG, EKG and am taking nitro tablets with a family history of heart disease (father COPD, CHF and angioplasty; grandfather died of a heart attack), I have a tendency not to believe the doctor. I have not even been contacted by my physician for a follow-up visit. Should I be concerned. Cancer also runs in my family; my father died of colon, liver CA and I am breast cancer survivor. I d appreciate your comments. Should I seek another opinion? Thanks, Mary Kopco YYYY@YYYY I am a 61 y.o. white female, 137 lbs w/ hx of cancer (bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy for CA of uterus), osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, high cholesterol (328), allergic to any statin drugs, being treated with Zetia 10 mg 1 x/day. Presently taking nitro tabs for chest pain, oxybutityn for overactive bladder, clonazepam 1mg 3x/day for anxiety and depression. I look forward to your response. Thank you.

doctor1 MD

Hi. I am a 43yr old female. I went in to an urgent care center 3 days ago after experiencing some really bad dizzy spells and headache. I have also been having problems with my ears. They did flush out my ears because of wax build up. They did an ekg because I do have high blood pressure. I am currently taking Bystolic and Hydrochlorothiazide for it. I was told they thought my symptoms were just vertigo I was experiencing and was prescribed Meclizine for vertigo and naproxen for the headache. I was also told my EKG was abnormal and that I should make an appointment with a cardiologist to follow up. I was given a copy and it said I had flipped T waves. It also said said inferior infarct of the heart should  be considered.  I have been experiencing the dizziness since. I really can t function at all. Last night I had a really bad dizzy spell along with nausea and just generally felt really bad. I had discomfort from my waist up that s just hard to explain. I laid down and waited for it to pass. It lasted a good half hour then it didn t go away completely but I was able to fall asleep.  I have a long history of uncontrollable high blood pressure and heart disease does run very strong on my dads side. My grandfather died due to heart attack, 2 of my uncles have undergone several bypass surgeries and my dad had 6 bypasses done several years ago. I will be making an appointment with my cardiologist today but I a just really stressed thinking my symptoms could be something more serious than just vertigo. I would appreciate it if you could give me any information that would help calm my nerves a little. Thank you

doctor1 MD

I am a 35 year old male, non-smoker, non-drinker, not overweight, and in pretty good shape healthwise. A year ago I had way too much caffeine after being off of it for several months, and my heart rate and blood pressure skyrocketed. Since then, I have had continuous (daily) discomfort on the far left side of my chest, close to the armpit. Sometimes it radiates around the left nipple, then goes away. It is not painful, just annoying. I do not have trouble breathing. I have gone to a cardiologist and had MRI, EKG, ECG, treadmill, x-rays, and bloodwork done. All are negative for cardiac. Any idea what might cause this? I am leaning toward anxiety of some kind, though I have never been diagnosed with anxiety.

doctor1 MD

I had an ekg with left atrial abnormality , SR and t wave abnormalities. recentlu i have had cold hands and feet, head aches, intolerance with activity, dyspnea, lightheadedness, palpitaions, and intermittent decreased skin signs. at night i notice i get increased HR occasionally, occasionally my neck hurts onear my carotid and jugular area can they be related to this?

doctor1 MD

Hi my 15 year old daughter just had a ekg it came back with sinus bradycardia 45, ventricular conduction delay greater than 11 seconds and left axis deviation for age she is going to see a specialist but should I be concerned ... The doc suggested...

doctor1 MD

My uncle, Mr. Bidyanath XXXXXXX is getting fainted / senseless very frequently, at least twice a month. He has consulted several cardiologists and neurologists and have undergone numerous medical tests, including MRI of brain, echo-cardiography of...

doctor1 MD

I am told by my heart doctor that I need a heart ablation. He had no suggestions who to go to. Can you help me? I live in Springdale, Ar.