EKGs can help doctors in diagnosing and determining any current or past heart abnormalities and are ofttimes a veritable screening for those with heart disease. Through electrodes attached at assorted strategical body points, the EKG machine records the electric impulses of the heart. The results of the impulses are exposed on a computer monitor and then printed onto graph paper. The attending physician or EKG technician interprets your heart health by reading the charted EKG image.
EKGs are a vital tool for aesculapian professionals to name and handle heart ailments. The EKG reading of your heart is compared to the reading of a received/normal heart in order to get an idea of your heart function. Abnormalities in the heart rate, heart rhythm or contractions and relaxations can signal the presence of past heart attacks, heart disease or coronary artery disease. If any of these symptoms are present, your doctor will mention you for further testing.
There are literally dozens of unlike methods for interpreting EKGs but most commence with a search for recurring patterns. One of the first things EKG technicians stare for is heart rate. Electrodes are used to excite the heart into undertaking and then unwinding. The first spike in the reading (the “P” spike) represents the impulses from the upper chamber of the heart. A blandish line named the “PR” interval represents a bridge between the contracting and unwinding of the atria. Each EKG has assorted other spikes and dips representing heart electric waves; each spike or dip is adverted to by an alphabetical letter.
Most normal hearts have a pattern with a somewhat varying rhythm. This is named sinus arrhythmia and is regarded normal and salubrious. The absence of sinus arrhythmia may point other problems with the heart. In EKG interpretation, the lack of sinus arrhythmia has been seen to prognosticate the occurrence of sudden death from heart attack or heart failure. The results of an EKG may go the basis for extra treatment. Your doctor will determine if further evaluation is postulated. EKG technicians are highly trained and skilled aesculapian professionals; many physicians see these technicians to be the first authority in interpreting the EKG results.
Please Note: Professional EKG readings require a great amount of training and education. Since many methods exist to interpret these readings, it is often difficult for non-medical people to understand the terminology. If you are having an EKG performed, your technician will be glad to answer any questions regarding the EKG reading. If you notice something that seems abnormal to you, the technician may be able to calm your fears and by explaining the results in layman’s terms.