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had breast implants feb 2013. am a cardio tech student will be taking ekgs of each other. can u see that i have implants on ekg? should i tell them?

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Dr. Daniel Careaga
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
No leads on breasts: When performing an ekg, no leads go directly on the breast. Whoever is putting on your leads might notice your implants.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
ECG : Implants won't show on ECG but generally can tell they are present by appearance.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Not on EKG but scar?: The ekg will not reveal the presence of the implants and the lead placement is close but not directly on the breast. However, if your bra will be removed the incision may be visible or the firmness of a breast implant may be noticeable when placing leads along the sternal border or when displacing the breast to place below the crease.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
No.: Your breast implants will not affect the ekgs but whoever is putting the leads on your chest, may notice that you have breast implants. Probably not necessary to inform your instructors and/or classmates. Best wishes with your studies.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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