Assesment of Cardiac Function via Electrocardiography (EKG)
In clinical cardiology, EKGs are commonly used to measure the electrical activity of the heart. They serve as a non-invasive diagnostic for potential cardiac problems. In the basic science setting, we adapted this popular technique for use in rodent models to evaluate changes in electrical activity and garner non-invasive evidence of structural changes in the heart. We have adapted this technique for use in awake or anesthetized rodent models. In addition, this technique can be used in conjunction with other indices of cardiovascular function as shown above (rat example) .