goddessoflubbock wrote:You do typically have to remove your clothes -especially the upper body - as the sticky patches go around your breast near the heart and the bra would interfere with them. (I've had my fair share of ecg's!) The bottom half is usually not a big deal as long as you aren't wearing tight pants, they'll just slide them under your pant legs onto your ankles, etc.
As for the echos - had my fair share of those as well. They will be able to see what is causing the problem, if indeed there is any underlying problem, even if you are asymptomatic at the time of the test. It gives a picture, much like when a pregnant woman has a scan done of her belly to show the baby's structures. The great thing about echos is they are completely painless and there are no side effects or dangers. They may do other tests as well but the echo is a gold standard for diagnosing the baseline of many conditions. Considering that many people with these conditions are not well enough for an invasive technique, it is a good thing.
I'll shut up now.
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