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An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your child's heart. An EKG translates the heart's electrical activity into line tracings on paper.
Your child may need this test to check his or her heart's electrical activity. The test also can check the health of your child's heart.
The test usually takes 5 to 10 minutes.
Your child will probably be able to go home right away. Your child can go back to his or her usual activities right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Current as of: August 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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