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Diagnostic Testing
EKG, ECG, or Electrocardiogram

EKG, ECG, or Electrocardiogram

Cardiac Testing 

What is the test?

This is a simple, painless test that measures how your heart is beating and whether your heart muscle has been damaged. At Cayuga Medical Center we perform both adult and pediatric EKGs.

What can I expect during the test?

A cardiac technician will attach several small pads with wires (electrodes) to your chest, arms, and legs. These wires connect to a computer that records the activity of your heart and displays the heart's electrical impulses on a screen. Your doctor can tell from the patterns how your heart is working. A copy of your EKG can be produced during the test, to be kept as part of your permanent medical record.

How and when will I get my test results?

The EKG will be read by cardiologist or a physician credentialed in EKG. We will provide a written or computerized report to your primary care physician within 48 hours. Your doctor will review the test results with you.

Where is the test performed?

Electrocardiograms are performed in the Cardiac Services Department at Cayuga Medical Center101 Dates Drive, off NYS Route 96, in Ithaca.

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