Electrocardiogram (ECG)

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ECG or EKG is a diagnostic tool that is used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart

The electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a diagnostic tool that is used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart. The heart is a two stage electrical pump and the heart’s electrical activity can be measured by electrodes placed on the skin. The electrocardiogram can measure the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat, as well as provide indirect evidence of blood flow to the heart muscle. Ten electrodes are needed to produce 12 electrical views of the heart. An electrode lead, or patch, is placed on each arm and leg and six are placed across the chest wall. The signals received from each electrode are recorded. The printed view of these recordings is the electrocardiogram.

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