EKGEKG and ECG are two terms that stand for Electrocardiogram.  An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of a patient's heart.

An EKG is done to:

  • Check the heart's electrical activity.
  • Find the cause of unexplained chest pain or pressure.
  • Find the cause of symptoms of heart disease.
  • Find out if the walls of the heart chambers are too thick.
  • Check how well medicines are working and see if they are causing side effects that affect the heart.
  • Check how well mechanical devices that are implanted in the heart, such as pacemakers, are working.
  • Check the health of the heart when other diseases or conditions are present.

The course will teach the following:

  • Students will learn cardiac terminology, anatomy and physiology of the heart and its structure and function. 
  • Students will gain basic understanding of the electrical conduction system and how it affects the hearts function. 
  • Students will identify why the EKG is done.
  • Students will identify common arrhythmias and demonstrate patient prep as well as proper EKG lead placement. 
  • Students will be able to properly and safely operate the equipment and run a 12 lead EKG accurately.

The average salary for an EKG/ECG Technician can range from $9-$20 an hour or an annual salary of $20K – $42K.



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