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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.

Refurbished EKG or ECG Machines

In this section of Integris Equipment, you can browse some of the refurbished EKG machines that we offer. Refurbished equipment comes with a 30 day Integris Bio-Med certified warranty. Most EKG Machines are 12-lead and interpretive. Some other parameters that you may consider is the transmission and whether its a full page print out or not. If you need any help choosing and EKG, feel free to call or email us, we will be happy to provide you with assistance.

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