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Are Electrocardiogram Tests Harmful?

by Dr. Rajesh Vedanthan, Cardiology Expert
January 13, 2017

Question: Does electrocardiogram test hurt or is it harmful?

Answer: No. There’s no pain or risk associated with having an electrocardiogram. When the ECG stickers are removed, there may be some minor discomfort. The machine only records the ECG. It doesn’t send electricity into the body. So it is not harmful.

Dr. Rajesh Vedanthan is Associate Professor in Medicine (Cardiology) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His area of research interest is global cardiology, global health delivery, capacity-building, and the intersection of health and development. He is also Associate Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai.

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