Learn about the strength and timing of your heart’s electrical signals with an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) at Montage Health. This painless test can diagnose arrhythmias, or unusual heartbeats.
Where to get an EKG
Montage Health and Tyler Heart Institute offers you two locations on the peninsula to receive an EKG after your doctor has ordered the test:
|Tyler Heart Institute, inside Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
||Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
||Walk-in, after your doctor has ordered your EKG test
|Cardiopulmonary Wellness, inside Montage Wellness Center, Marina
||Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -4 p.m.
||By appointment only, after your doctor has ordered the test. Please call (831) 883-5660 to make your appointment.
You might also receive an EKG in the emergency room if you’re experiencing heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain
What to expect
A technician (professional who performs your test) will attach soft, sticky patches called electrodes to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs. These electrodes detect your heart’s electrical activity from several areas at the same time.
Before placing the electrodes, a nurse or technician may shave your skin to improve electrical contact.
You’ll then lie on a table while a machine connected to the electrodes records your heart’s electrical signals for several minutes.
After EKG testing
After a scheduled EKG appointment, you can return to your normal daily activities right away.
If your EKG happens in the emergency room, your care team will tell you what to do next.