ECG interpretation is the reading of an electrocardiogram strip by a health care professional. The doctor can tell if a patient’s heart is beating correctly by studying the waveform created by the patient’s heartbeat on the paper strip.
An electrocardiogram, or ECG, is a test in which electrodes are placed on a patient’s body in order to record a heartbeat. ECG findings are in the form of a printout on a paper strip that shows a waveform, which a health care professional, such as a cardiac nurse or cardiologist, can read and interpret. These tests can help determine any cardiac problems that a patient may be experiencing, including arrhythmia, ischemia, angina and heart attacks. An ECG interpretation may also help identify an abnormality in the heart’s structure.