When most people think of heart tests, they think of the ECG. ECG stands for electrocardiogram. It's also called an EKG, from the German elektrokardiogram. Although it may look like an ECG is recording heartbeats, it's not. In fact, it records the electrical activity (the electrical triggers, if you will) that presage the actual heartbeat. The mechanical beats follow the electrical triggers by about a tenth of a second -- unless, of course, there's a problem. Or to state it in "medicalese," electrical systole and diastole precede mechanical systole and diastole (contraction and relaxation) of the heart by about a tenth of a second.
The ECG is an important tool for your doctor, but is hardly complete and comes with several limitations.
It's a static test, which means it doesn't necessarily identify problems that appear only when the patient's heart is under stress. An example would be a patient complaining of intermittent chest pain. This might actually be an indicator of a severe underlying problem, and yet a standard ECG could easily read as perfectly normal.
ECG readings indicate only general problems. In most cases, abnormalities in the reading are non-specific as to cause, and in fact, many times, may mean nothing all.
- A normal ECG reading doesn't necessarily mean that there is no problem.
- An abnormal reading doesn't necessarily mean that there is.
- It's merely a piece of the puzzle that can help point the doctor in a direction.
Electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to identify any irregular heart rhythms. It does this by detecting the electrical activity of the heart as line tracings on paper, for easier analysis (Price, 2012). As Stanfield (2014) reports the cardiac muscle contracts in response to electrical depolarisation of the muscle cells. This electrical activity, when amplified and recorded, is known as an ECG. According to Maron et al, (2014) an ECG test can help detect the cause of symptoms such as chest pains or…
CVC General Consideration
To give medications to the patient e.g. vasopressors, chemotherapy, antibiotics1
Parentral nutrition (PEN)
Hemodynamic monitoring – e.g. central venous pressure (CVP)
In case of difficult or poor peripheral venous access
CONTRAINDICATION: some of the relative contraindications are
Anatomic distortion at insertion site
Already existing intravascular devices
Internal juglar vein (IJV)
Suvclavian vein ( SCV)
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Unlike most medical fields, EKG technicians are not required to have a degree before they can practice. A relevant certificate from medical training schools or a community college is usually enough. Often, the certificate courses will last for at least one year. On completing the course, the technician must have attained the requisite skills to perform an electrocardiogram from end to end.
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