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What Does an EKG Technician Do?

Posted: October 21, 2015

What Does an EKG Technician Do?

Lub dub, lub dub, lub dub. What sounds like a normal heartbeat to you could reveal a world of information to a trained EKG Technician.

EKG Technicians administer a variety of cardiovascular tests, including the electrocardiogram (EKG) which measures the electrical activity of your heart through small electrodes. The EKG records your heart’s activity as a graph of lines, with spikes and dips known as waves. It provides doctors with important information about the health of your heart.

EKGs can reveal evidence of a heart attack or heart disease. They can also give clues about heart birth defects, problems with your heart valves, muscles and pericardial sacs, irregular heartbeats, artery blockages and heart failure. One of the jobs of an EKG technician is to administer this vital test. EKG techs may also instruct patients on use of the Holter monitor, which is a portable version of the EKG. And EKG technicians with advanced training may administer “stress tests” which involve testing patients while they use a treadmill.

Once the tests are administered, EKG technicians edit the data and highlight anomalies and areas of concern. They present it all to the presiding physicians so the doctors can interpret the information. Techs may also need to transcribe the doctor’s notes so that the healthcare team can do all that is necessary to provide excellent patient care and treatment.

EKG techs have a lot of direct patient interaction. They make appointments and explain procedures. They also prepare patients for their tests and keep them as calm as possible during the procedures so the results are as accurate as they can be.

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