EKG and ECG Accessories
New, Used and Refurbished ECG Equipment
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accessories for sale.
What is an EKG, or what is an ECG?
Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG from the German Elektrokardiogramm) is a
transthoracic (across the thorax or chest) interpretation of the electrical
activity of the heart over a period of time, as detected by electrodes attached
to the outer surface of the skin and recorded by a device external to the body.
The recording produced by this noninvasive procedure is termed an
electrocardiogram (also ECG or EKG). The device is commonly referred to as an
ECG or EKG machine.
The etymology of the word is derived from the Greek electro, because it is
related to electrical activity, cardio, Greek for heart, and graph, a Greek root
meaning "to write". In English speaking countries, medical professionals often
write EKG (the abbreviation for the German word elektrokardiogramm) in order to
avoid confusion with EEG in emergency situations where background noise is high.
Electrocardiogram machines, or ECG and EKG machines, have become some of the
most common equipment used to record and measure normal or abnormal action
within the heart. The use of EKG machines has become so common due to the wide
variety of heart disorders that an ECG machine will detect, along with the ease
and speed in which the test is accomplished. Some of the disorders which can be
detected by the ECG machine include: valve disease, electrolyte disturbances,
prior heart attacks, coronary artery disease, thickening of the heart muscle,
and a broad range other possible cardiac problems. Most EKG machines are 12-lead interpretive EKG machines.
Most ECGs are performed for diagnostic or research purposes on human hearts, but
may also be performed on other animals, usually for research.
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