The Children’s Heart Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Center at Overlook Medical Center offers electrocardiography (EKG), which is a recording of the electrical activity occurring within the heart each time it contracts.
What can be detected on an EKG?
This test can reveal much about your child's heart, such as heart rate, rhythm and various other anatomical findings.
How is the test performed?
A technician will place electrodes, which are similar to sticky patches, on various parts of your child's chest, arms and legs. They do not hurt while being adhered or removed, and your child will not feel anything while the test is being performed. The electrodes are connected via wires to a machine, which makes a printout of the electrical activity occurring each time the heart contracts.
How long will the test take?
It takes approximately two to three minutes to attach the electrodes and about 30 seconds to record the heart beats. Your child must lie as still as possible to obtain an accurate recording. Infants and toddlers may drink a bottle to help them lie still.
How will I be informed of the results?
Within 24 hours of the test being performed, a pediatric cardiologist will interpret the EKG. You will receive the results from the doctor who ordered the test – either your pediatrician or a pediatric cardiologist.