Have you ever heard of the term, ECG or EKG? It is short for Electrocardiogram. What a mouthful! Electrocardiograms record the electrical signals in your heart, and they are commonly performed in doctor’s offices and hospitals. It is a noninvasive and painless test that detects the electrical activity with sensors, or electrodes.
An EKG is important for two reasons:
1) It measures the electrical intervals which can determine how long the electrical wave takes to pass through the heart. This indicates if the electrical activity is normal or slow, fast or irregular.
2) It measures the amount of electrical activity passing through the heart muscle. This indicates if parts of the heart are too large or overworked.
Knowing more about your heart can prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the use of an AED. However, you’d rather have an AED and not need it, than need it and not have it. If you still have questions about Electrocardiograms, and whether you need one or not, speak with your doctor. If you still have questions about SCA leave us a comment, give us a call at 800-580-1375, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org