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(Encyclopedia)electrocardiography ĭlĕkˌtrōkärdēŏgˈrəfē [key], science of recording and interpreting the electrical activity that precedes and is a measure of the action of heart muscles. Since 1887, when ...

stress test

(Encyclopedia)stress test or exercise electrocardiography, in medicine, a test that evaluates the performance of the heart by subjecting it to controlled amounts of physical stress. Such tests, which include walkin...


(Encyclopedia)EKG: see electrocardiography.


(Encyclopedia)infarction, blockage of blood circulation to a localized area or organ of the body resulting in tissue death. Infarctions commonly occur in the spleen, kidney, lungs, brain, and heart. The acute emerg...

heart, in anatomy

(Encyclopedia)CE5 Cross section of heart, with arrows indicating direction of blood flow heart, muscular organ that pumps blood to all parts of the body. The rhythmic beating of the heart is a ceaseless activit...

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