Ekg Machines

Written by Norene Anderson
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EKG (or ECG) machines come in a variety of sizes and offer various functions. They record the information obtained by disks applied to the patient's chest and connected to the machine by wires. The transfer of information regarding the electrical activity of the heart to the tiny lines on the graph paper gives the physician valuable information about the ability of the patient's heart to pump adequately and regularly.

Sometimes a patient experiences extended palpitations, but when the doctor does an EKG, no irregularities are observed. In this case, the physician may order a 24-hour EKG monitoring or transtelephonic monitoring. The 24-hour monitoring is known as a Holter monitor. This is an EKG monitor about the size of a small cassette recorder. It records all of the heart's electrical activity for 24 hours.

Uses for EKG Machines

A transtelephonic EKG monitor is a similar system designed to be worn for several days or weeks. When a patient is experiencing an arrhythmia, she or he calls a monitoring station and a record of the event is made via the telephone connection. This is the way irregularities that occur infrequently are best diagnosed. Even though an irregularity is only an occasional event, it should never be ignored.

There are portable EKG machines for use by paramedics, hospitals, clinics, and physician's offices. There are also specially designed units for monitoring a patient's heart activity during confinement in the hospital. This may be in the Coronary Care Unit, Telemetry Unit, or Cardiac Rehabilitation facility. Some models can be configured with fax and communication abilities, allowing doctors to transmit information easily. Others come with built in carts that allow for easy mobility. Look online to find sites offering the latest in EKG technology.


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