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 20 10
Heart palpitations 15 6
Chest pain 12 5
General health 3 0
Premature ventricular contractions 3 0

Show all 38 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
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 17

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

Side effect Patients
Bicuspid aortic valve 1
Itchy skin 1


Based on patients currently having Electrocardiogram (EKG)

Dosage Patients
as needed 1
daily 1
every 6 months 1
every 8 weeks 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 11
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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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