ECG Machines are used to test patients for a variety of symptoms such as chest pain, breathing difficulty, and others. Depending on the reason for the test, a doctor may choose not to keep the patient at rest during the ECG. During an ECG exercise test, the patient must be supervised by not only the ECG technician, but also a medical doctor. Occasionally a patient participating in this test will have exercise induced chest pains. The pains will resolve when the exercise is stopped. Using the ECG along with other test, a doctor should be able to diagnose many diseases including coronary artery disease which is a condition where plaque builds up on the inside of the coronary arteries. This causes the heart to work harder to keep normal blood flow to all areas of the body, which changes the electrical impulses that an ECG measures. ECG measurements tell the doctor about the size and position of the heart chambers in addition to the rate and regularity of heartbeats. A doctor can also often see if any heart damage is present and how drugs or devices used to regulate the heart (such as a pacemaker) are effecting the heart. ECG Machines can be very expensive. Many hospitals buy used medical equipment to keep the costs down without risking safety. Places such as Oisto sell new and refurbished medical supplies online at reasonable costs.
The ECG test is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart using 3, 5, or 12 leads connected to ECG machines. The leads are most often connected to the chest of the patient, and also the arms and legs. A resting ECG is completely painless to the patient except for the removal of the sticky pads that the leads are connected to. Still, the shorter the amount of time the leads are connected, the easier the removal of the leads will be. Using ECG machines for testing patients is a good idea when they have certain symptoms including, but not limited to chest pain, difficulty breathing, fainting, or abnormal heartbeat. For an ECG test, a patient is often hooked up for a short amount of time (often as little as a minute).
However, patients who need long-term monitoring may wear ECG leads for longer periods of time as part of a hospital stay. While there are many companies that distribute ECG machines, one of the leading providers of used medical equipment such as ECG Machines, defibrillators, blood pressure monitors, and many more is Oisto You should not be surprised if you notice this name on your medical equipment the next time you go to the doctor’s office or clinic for an ECG.
If you are in the market for a ECG Machine, the GE Mac 5500 HD ECG unit may be just what you are looking for. MAC 5500 is very light and with the integrated carry handle, very portable. The MAC 5500 is a 12 lead simultaneous acquisition ECG Machine which prints 3 channels to full size 8.5″ x 11″ Z-fold ECG paper. It has a full QWERTY keyboard for patient documentation, as well as a generous LCD preview screen so you can verify lead placement and rhythm before you print.
The GE MAC 5500 is offered in an interpretive model as well as a non interpretive version. The interpretive ECG Machine incorporates Marquette’s Gender Specific 12SL ECG analysis program and prints the interpretation right on the thermal printout. The unit is powered by a rechargeable internal battery or an AC power cord and can auto select between 110v and 220v. Finally, the GE Marquette is FAA compliant for transmitting electrocardiograms to the Federal Aviation Administration. Oisto, a marketplace of new and used medical equipment, sells both versions at nearly half the price of buying one new. They are in like new condition, warrantied, and patient ready with modem, patient leads and paper. You can see the GE MAC interpretive and the non-interpretive models on our website