« Previous Page
An electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) is a test that measures the
electrical signals that control heart rhythm. The test measures how electrical
impulses move through the heart muscle as it contracts and relaxes.
The electrocardiogram translates the heart's
electrical activity into line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the
line tracings are called waves.
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & George Philippides, MD - Cardiology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.