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During an EKG you are asked to lie down, and electrodes are affixed to each arm and leg and to your chest. This requires cleaning the site and, if necessary, shaving or clipping hair.
The standard number of leads attached is 12 to 15 for a diagnostic ECG but may be as few as 3 to 5 for a monitoring procedure.
An electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) is a test that measures the electrical signals that control the rhythm of your heartbeat.
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. A natural electrical system causes the heart muscle to contract and pump blood through the heart to the lungs and the rest of the body.
The electrical activity of the heart can be detected through the skin by small metal discs called electrodes. During an electrocardiogram, the electrodes are attached to the skin on the chest, arms, and legs. The electrodes are also connected to a machine that translates the electrical activity into line tracings on paper. These tracings are often analyzed by the machine and then carefully reviewed by a doctor for abnormalities.
An electrocardiogram may show:
Universal ECG by Burdick
EMMC uses the PC-based ECG because the diagnostics complement the transition to our Electronic Medical Records (EMRs).
With the incorporation of computer-based technology into the EMMC office, exciting innovations in digital diagnostic instrumentation have developed. Burdick's Universal ECG can be interfaced with our EMRs making it the ideal choice for us because we are looking for tools to support the transition to a paperless office.