Electrocardiogram (EKG)

Last Updated: October 29, 2018

Definition - What does Electrocardiogram (EKG) mean?

An electrocardiogram, or EKG, refers to a standardized test that measures the electrical activity of the heart, accounting for corresponding variables relative to normal or abnormal functionality. An EKG consists of electrode placement over the bare chest to assess and calibrate the electrical pattern of rhythmic contractions responsible for filling and pumping blood in the heart. An EKG is also called an ECG.

WorkplaceTesting explains Electrocardiogram (EKG)

An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a simple and common procedure that is used to determine electrical output between the atrioventricular chambers of the heart. The generation of electric impulses is conducted through the heart’s muscular tissue, signaling concurrent atrial and ventricular contractions to occur. An EKG is a clinical modality that involves electrode placement over the chest to measure this electrical conduction and its coinciding data from graphic readouts. The results can indicate normal or abnormal patterns of heart rate and rhythm.

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