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At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this test, and we invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about the test and how you can help.
An EKG is a quick and easy way to measure the beats of the heart. Small plastic stickers called electrodes (e-LECK-trodes) are placed at certain spots on your child’s chest, arms and legs. When the electrodes are connected to the EKG machine, the heartbeats are measured and printed out on strips of graph paper for the doctor to look at. On paper, the heartbeats look like a long row of pointy mountains. To the doctor, the patterns of those points may show one or more of several heart conditions, including:
An EKG also may be done during a clinic visit to get a baseline (starting point) measure of your child’s heartbeat; to test how well a pacemaker is working; to make sure certain heart medicines are working; or to check the heart after surgery.
Since the EKG equipment is very small and easily portable, an EKG can be done almost anywhere. That means an EKG can be done in a doctor’s office, in the hospital, in a clinic, in the emergency room or in a hospital room. You may stay with your child during the entire test. Your child may hold a comfort item during the test.
The most important thing parents can do is to keep their child relaxed and still during the test.
A doctor will look at the graph paper measurement of your child’s heartbeat. If more information is needed about how well your child’s heart is working, the doctor may order other tests.
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor needs to know about, please call the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital before the test and ask to speak with a nurse. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs your child might have.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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