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EKG is an abbreviation for electrocardiogram, which is a test used to diagnose issues with the electrical activity in the heart. The heart is divided into four chambers, which are responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. The atria are the two upper chambers and the ventricles are the two lower. The chambers of the heart use the body’s natural electrical system circulate blood throughout the body. An EKG can create an image of the heart’s electrical activity by using a special set of instruments, which measure the electrical activity and transfer that information to create a line on a video screen or a long strip of paper. Dr. Tiffany reads the line, interpreting the spikes and slopes in the waves to diagnose any irregularities.
Dr. Tiffany uses an EKG for a variety of diagnostic exercises, including:
Patients will usually lie in a hospital bed or on an exam table with electrodes attached to different parts of the torso, and sometimes arms and legs. In most cases, particular areas of the patient’s arms, chest, and legs will be cleaned and may be shaved to offer a smooth surface where the electrodes can be applied. Sticky medical tape holds the electrodes in place on the skin. The electrodes are connected to the EKG machine with wires that transmit the information about the electrical activity in the heart. The patient will be instructed to lie still and breathe normally. For some parts of the test, the patient may be requested to hold his or her breath for a moment. EKG test usually takes less than 5 minutes.
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