An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG translates the heart’s electrical activity into visual line tracings. The spikes and dips in the line tracings are called waves.
The heart is a muscular pump made up of four chambers. The two upper chambers are called atria, and the two lower chambers are called ventricles. The body’s electrical system causes the heart muscle to contract and pump blood through the heart to the lungs and the rest of the body.
An EKG is performed to check the heart’s electrical activity, monitor the effects of heart medication, find symptoms of heart disease, or find the causes of chest pains.
An EKG is performed by placing electrodes on specific parts of the patient while he/she lies on a table. The electrodes are hooked up to a machine that measures the electrical waves and prints the results for review by a physician.
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