An ECG is an electrocardiogram or an EKG/ECG. The ECG is used to determine heart rate, heart rhythm, and other heart information. It measures the electrical signals in our body.
You'll learn more about ECGs with our RCC Health Sciences staff. If you are not taking this class in person at RCC, watch this video by RCC Professor Ms. Riley about the basics of how and why your body makes electrical signals.
We'll show you how to place the electrodes. If you are not taking this class in person, here is a video by Ms. Riley from RCC Nursing to help you learn how. It is not an exact science, but there are some tips and tricks to help.
How to read your heart rhythm
Our RCC Health Science instructor will teach you how to read your rhythm. If you are not taking this in person, here is Ms. Riley on the basics of how to read your ECG.
The sounds of the heart.
If you are interested in the sounds a heart can make, here is a video going over the different sounds. Note, the graphs on the left of the video are sound waves and not electrical signals that your heart monitor reads.