An EKG, also called an ECG or electrocardiogram, is a recording of the heart's electrical activity. It is a quick and painless procedure.
EKGs captures a tracing of cardiac electrical impulse as it moves from the atrium to thventricles.
These electrical impulses cause the heart to contract and pump blood.
EKGs are interpreted by medical professionals to understand the following:
- Heart rate
- Heartbeat regularity
- Strength and timing of the electrical signals
- Any possible abnormal conditions
EKG Training Introduction
Use our lessons, drills and quizzes to improve your EKG knowledge and skills.
EKG Interpretation - Introduction
This introductory course reviews the main features of electrocardiogram strips. A method for analyzing an electrocardiogram is presented. This method includes assessment of rhythm, calculating heart rate, observing P-wave forms, measurement of wave intervals and segments and the evaluation of other relevant waves. In addition, our drills allow students to practice electrocardiogram identification.
Our quiz presents twenty tracings for interpretation. At the end of the quiz, your score is compared to mean and top scores for all recent website visitors. A graded report of your answers compared to expert analysis is also provided. Quiz ekg tracings are randomly selected from our database of 375 tracing, so the quiz can be repeated many times.
Abnormal EKG Guide
Our Abnormal EKG guide provides information on over forty different types of arrhythmias. For each type there are patient tracings and simulated electrocardiograms. We also provide an annotated tracing with a summary of the key features and values. Interactive digital calipers can be used for measuring key features on each tracing.
Abnormal EKG Guide
ECG Monitor Quiz (beta version)
Our Monitor Quiz is similar to the standard Quiz, but with a twist. Instead of static tracings, the ECGs are presented using a simulated patient monitor. After the twenty tracings are evaluated, we present a graded report along with static images of each tracing. Your score is compared to a mean score for all recent website visitors. Don't worry, your score is kept private.
ECG Monitor Quiz
How To Read An EKG - Lectures
Use EKG.Academy's library of free presentations on cardiac rhythms.
These training materials present the fundamentals for each major category of cardiac rhythms.
The fundamentals are reinforced with practice exercises throughout each lecture.