Other Names for Electrocardiogram

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 06, 2014

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  • Electrocardiogram monitors the heart.
  • It can be used to check the heart patterns.
  • It is a painless procedure which diagnoses heart problems.
  • EKG, ECG, 12-lead EKG are other names of electrocardiogram.

What is an Electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram is used to examine and monitor the heart. The heart beats are triggered by an electrical impulse which is usually generated from special cells in the upper right chamber of the heart. An electrocardiogram may be used by the doctor to check patterns among these heartbeats and rhythm to diagnose various heart conditions.

Electrocardiogram Other Names

Why is it Done?

An electrocardiogram is a painless method to diagnose many common types of heart problems. It may be used the doctor to detect:

  • Irregularities in the heart rhythm
  • Defects in the heart
  • Problem in heart’s valves
  • Blocked or narrowed arteries in the heart (coronary heart disease_
  • A heart attack
  • A previous heart attack

Electrocardiogram Other Names


How to Prepare for an Electrocardiogram

No special preparations are needed for before an electrocardiogram. But, you must avoid drinking cold water or exercising immediately before an electrocardiogram. Cold water can produce misleading results in one of the electrical patterns during the test. Physical activity like climbing stairs, may increase the heart rate.

Other Names for Electrocardiogram

An electrocardiogram is also called an EKG or ECG. At times the test is called a 12-lead EKG because the heart’s electrical activity most often is recorded from 12 different places on the body at the same time.

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