And because this bothers me so, I am pleased to present this primer series as a service to the public. I will also be offering consultation services free of charge. If, after reading through this multi-part primer, you are still unsure if the EKG on your brochure, logo, or whatever, is real looking, you can email a picture of it to me at drew [dot] rinella [at] gmail [dot] com and I will gladly let you know if I would make fun of it on this blog.
What is an EKG?
EKG and ECG are the same, except EKG reflects the traditional german spelling of elektrokardiogramm, and ECG is the more modern electrocardiogram. In its simplest terms, an EKG is just a graphical representation of the heart's electrical activity. Interpretation of the EKG depends on the shape and various measurements of the waveforms produced. The EKG machine has wires which attach to sticky patches, that are then placed on the patient's skin in various spots depending on what type of EKG the healthcare provider wishes to obtain. It is interesting to note that the wires are not placed right next to the heart in many cases, and that the heart's electrical activity can be accurately read even with the wires placed on the hands and feet.
EKG technology is really much more amazing and wonderful than I described above, but my goal here is simply to give you a fairly decent foundation to work from for advertising purposes.
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