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VA Electrocardiogram (EKG)

What does Electrocardiogram mean?

EKG stands for electrocardiogram. An EKG can also be referred to as an ECG. An EKG is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. This is a simple test that does not cause discomfort. This includes the rate and regularity of beats as well as the size and position of the chambers, any damage to the heart, and effects of drugs or devices to regulate the heart.

An EKG is a very useful tool for determining whether a person has heart disease. Your health care provider may order this screening test to check your heart and how it is functioning.


What is VA Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) is a feature of the My HealtheVet Personal Health Record (www.myhealth.va.gov), found under the VA Blue Button section. Here VA patients can view the date/time and where they had their VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) procedure(s). This information comes from the Veteran's VA health record.


What are the benefits of having my VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) information report in My HealtheVet?

  • You will know when and where you had your test

  • It allows you to share this information with a non-VA provider

  • Having this information may help you partner with your health care team.


What are the requirements for viewing VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) results in My HealtheVet?

  • Be a Veteran enrolled at a VA health care facility

  • Be registered as a VA Patient in My HealtheVet

  • Have an upgraded Premium My HealtheVet account*

* To get an upgraded Premium My HealtheVet account, you will need to go through authentication. This is a process by which VA verifies a Veterans' identity. This is done before allowing access to their VA health record. To learn more, go to: Upgrading your My HealtheVet account through In-Person or Online Authentication.


How do I access, view, print, save or download my VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) report(s)?

To access VA Electrocardiogram, where you can view, print, save or download your report(s), simply:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet Premium account

  • Select Download My Data (Blue Button icon)

  • On the Download My Data page, Select Continue

  • You can now select the Types of Information

    • Choose Select one or more types of information

    • Select VA Electrocardiogram (EKG)

    • Select Submit

    • Select either:

      • Download PDF File for a format that is easy to read and print (.pdf file), or

      • Download for a simple text format (.txt file)

    • Select View/Print if you want a printed list

    • Select the Done box to return to the previous screen


What information will be in my VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) report?

Your VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) report will show the following data:

  • Procedure/Test Name: Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • Date/Time Exam Performed: the day, month, year and time your test was done

  • Ordering Location: the name of the location where your provider ordered the test

My HealtheVet is not able to provide you with the results of your VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) at this time. If you have any questions about your VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) information or results, please visit the FAQs or contact your VA health care team.


How soon will I see my results after my VA Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

It may take 7 days-two weeks for your VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) information to be available on My HealtheVet. When available, you will be able to view the date/time and where your VA Electrocardiogram was performed.

You can use Secure Messaging to contact your participating VA health care team, to check on your results. You can also contact your VA health care team by telephone.


Will I be notified when my VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) report is available?

No, you must login to My HealtheVet to view your VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) information. This information lets you know the date/time and where you had your EKG.

You can contact your VA health care team by telephone or use Secure Messaging to check on your results. Your results may also be mailed to you.


What should I do if I have questions about my VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) results?

If you have questions about your VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) results, you can use Secure Messaging to contact your health care team or you can contact them by telephone.
You can also search for general information about EKGs under the "Research Health Tab" in My HealtheVet.


Who do I contact if I have a technical problem with the VA Electrocardiogram (EKG) feature?

You can contact My HealtheVet about technical problems you have with the VA EKG feature. Simply complete the Contact Us form to send a message to the My HealtheVet Help Desk. The staff should respond to your problem within three (3) business days. You may also contact the My HealtheVet Coordinator at your VA Medical Center.