What exactly does an EKG tech do?
EKG is short for Electrocardiogram technician. EKG technician have a really important job. They work in health clinics or even in hospitals. EKG use a machine to monitor a person's heart rate. EKG are important because they help give a diagnose of heart disease in many patients.
An EKG tech works with patients who are in need of an electrocardiogram. Technicians attach leads to the patient and conduct the test. They may perform this task in a doctor's office, a clinic, an ER, in surgery, or any other area of a hospital. Typically, they are part of the cardiac unit or the radiology unit of larger hospitals.
I am an EKG technician. I can tell you, that while we do learn different patterns that may show up in the tracing, and irregularities to look out for, we are not the doctor. No matter what we see, we need to take the tracing to the doctor to examine and he will look at it and then tell the patient if he sees any problems. So, while we may know if something is wrong..it…