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canpanita asks:
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How do I read an electrocardiogram?

i get one every 6 months for my heart condition.
In Topics: Physical Health
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Jan 21, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Dear Campanita:

Most ekg's or electrocardiograms are read now by computer and again by your cardiologist to confirm the correctness of the reading. The basics are: rhythm, uniformity of spikes and waves, and the depth of those spikes and waves.  Irregularities are usually quickly noted. the waves have alphabet names such as the Q or T wave.  Ask you physician to review yours with you next time.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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