An electrocardiogram, called an EKG, is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. With each beat, an electrical impulse or wave travels through the heart. This wave causes the heart muscle to squeeze and pump blood to the lungs and the rest of the body.
An EKG is a safe, painless test. Your doctor might order an EKG to see if you have heart-related problems. It can help:
If you’re diagnosed with a heart problem, you can trust the skill and compassionate care we provide at Mercy. Our heart care team has the technical expertise needed to treat cardiac conditions and diseases. We’ll do everything possible to keep your heart healthy, so you can keep doing all the things you love.