ECG: Can You Feel the Rhythm? November 06 2014
Most people, at one time or another, have had chest pain or felt their heart “flutter.” Though some may ignore it and pass it off as a symptom of stress, chest pain or fluttering could be a side effect of an upcoming heart attack or a heart arrhythmia. Good news is there is a simple, painless, non-invasive test that can help a medical professional detect a possible cause. If your physician suggests you receive this test, you will be connected to an ECG machine by a series of stickers (electrodes) with wires that connect to the system.
What is an ECG machine, you ask? An ECG, or EKG, is a machine that administers electrocardiogram tests. An electrocardiogram is test that records the hearts electrical activity. Yes, your heart gives off an electrical signal, in a way. When your heart beats, an electrical signal is being sent through your nervous system, telling your muscles to contract and expand. This is what an ECG monitors. The amount of information that can be learned from this test is pretty amazing. Your heart rate and heart rhythm can help a medical professional understand why you are having chest pain, if your heart is abnormally thick walled, measure the efficacy of a pacemaker, show signs of diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease, plus much more.
In the past, performing an ECG required intense medical training to both administer the test and interpret the readout. However, today’s ECG machines are so simple to use, simple training could allow medical professionals of any skills and levels the ability to perform the test. Plus, most of today’s ECG monitors feature built-in software to interpret the readout and identify any abnormal aberrations. And since these modern ECG machines, like the Welch Allyn CP150, are starting to allow people to perform these complicated tests with less training, medical offices of any size can add this testing to their care portfolio without the overhead of a dedicated ECG technician. Some of the user friendly functions that the Welch Allyn CP150 offers is a 7” touch screen display and keyboard, on-screen instruction prompts for administering the test, and identification of lead placement, all to ensure that the test is simple and quick to administer.
Whether you have an ECG technician on staff or you are considering adding ECG testing to your portfolio of care, there are top quality ECG machine options available. Call us today to let us help you figure out which one is right for you.