There are two types of tests most commonly used to determine heart health – electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) and echocardiogram. Traditionally these tests are conducted if a patient complains of chest pains or if a physician detects abnormal heart rhythm. In German, electrocardiogram is translated into elektro-kardiographie so the term ECG and EKG are synonymous.
Electrocardiogram (ECG) machines monitor the electrical activity of the heart and is performed by an ECG/EKG technician. Echocardiogram uses ultrasound to create a visual image of the heart and is performed by an Ultrasound Technologist or Sonographer.
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