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Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) in Children

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“ECG,” “EKG” or “electrocardiogram” all refer to the same test, which is a quick and painless test that records the electrical activity of the heart on graph paper.

An electrocardiogram helps identify heart rhythm abnormalities. It can also provide information about the size or thickness of the heart chambers and the relative position of the heart in the chest.

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Description of an EKG

Questions & Answers about an EKG

Preparing Your Child for an EKG

Risks Associated with an EKG

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Last Updated: 11/2013