Wednesday, 9 November 2016

What Does An Abnormal EKG Indicate?

The healthcare industry is offering a wide range of careers to youngsters and to make the aspiring individuals ready for a career there are a number of institutes providing specialized courses like CNA Training & PCT Training. An integral part of PCT training also includes EKG Testing. Students can get training via patient care tech classes at one of these institutions to initiate a fruitful career in the healthcare industry. 

Abnormal EKG can result in many different meanings. EKG abnormalities sometimes are normal variation of a heart’s rhythm, which will not affect your health in any ways. If your heart rate is about 50-120 bpm it is counted under normal with PR interval normally between 0.12 and 0.20 seconds.

There may be multiple results an EKG can signify, including the following:

Defects or abnormalities in the heart’s shape and size: If your reports show abnormal EKG it can signal one or more aspects of heart’s walls that may be larger than another. This will show that heart is working harder than normal to pump blood.  

Electrolyte imbalances: Electrolytes in the body help to keep the heart in rhythm. These are electricity-conducting particles in the body like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. If your electrolytes are imbalanced, you may have an abnormal EKG reading.

  • Heart attack: During a heart attack, blood flow is affected in the heart. The heart tissues begin to lose oxygen and die, which will so not conduct electricity also. This will cause abnormal EKG. Heart attack or ischemia, or lack of blood flow, may also cause an abnormal EKG.

  • Heart rate abnormalities: A common human rate is between 60 to 100 or 50 to 120 beats per minute. An EKG will determine if the heart rate is too fast or too slow.

  • Heart rhythm abnormalities: An EKG can reveal if the heart is beating out of the steady rhythm that is the normal beat of the heart.

  • Medication side effects: Certain medications can crash a heart’s rate and rhythm. Sometimes medications given to improve the heart’s rhythm may produce reverse effect and cause faster heart beat or arrhythmias.  

If you are a student and looking forward to pursue patient care technician as career, you need to have knowledge of related methods to determine EKG. All this can be learnt during patient care tech classes from recognized institute.