What is Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: Holter monitor


An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart over time produced by an electrocardiograph, usually in a noninvasive recording via skin electrodes.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diagnostic assessment 27 9
Heart palpitations 19 6
Chest pain 16 5
Premature ventricular contractions 5 0
Irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) 4 2

Show all 42 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Electrocardiogram (EKG)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Bicuspid aortic valve 1


Based on patients currently having Electrocardiogram (EKG)

Dosage Patients Percentage
every 8 weeks 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 11
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 10
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1 patient evaluation for Electrocardiogram (EKG)

May 19, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: It took 2 days for this test to be approved by my insurance. By then the worst of my symptoms were gone and I was making sure to take it easy. As such, I'm not really sure how effective it could have been in identifying my problem if I had actually had it on during a real attack. Instead, the doctors concluded that I must have been drinking too much caffeine (I don't drink coffee and very rarely drink sodas) or have been overly stressed (I've had almost no change in my daily routine for over a year). Given my results, I think this test is pretty useless unless you're having frequent enough attacks to be able to predict or trigger one while the monitor is on.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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