For your heart to beat, its sinoatrial node (also known as an SA node) needs to send out an electrical impulse. This electrical impulse travels across the muscle cells of the heart and triggers contractions—more commonly known as your heart beat. These electrical impulses are essential for ensuring your heart keeps a steady pace. When a person has an ECG or EKG performed, they are having these electrical impulses measured and recorded. When paired with algorithyms a bio sensor can translate the data it collects from this electrical activity into actionable insight into an individual’s health (.ie sinus rhythms).
What’s the Difference Between ECG and EKG? The fact of the matter is that an ECG and an EKG are the exact same thing. That’s right, the most surprising difference between an ECG and an EKG is that there is no difference at all. Both ECG and EKG stand for electrocardiogram.
So, if an ECG is the same thing as an EKG, then why are there two different abbreviations? It’s actually quite simple—when the word electrocardiogram is translated into the German language, it is spelled Elektro-kardiographie. EKG is just the way some people choose to say ECG based on this translation is usually used with more expensive diagnostic devices.
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