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When investigating applications for biosensors—particularly electrocardiograms—one of the most common questions is whether or not there is a difference between the two abbreviations, ECG and EKG. We’re going to answer this question, as well as explain what makes an ECG/EKG biosensor an increasingly valuable tool for device manufacturers that want to create revolutionary products for consumer health and wellbeing.

ECG or EKG? The Answer May Surprise You

The truth of the matter is that ECG and EKG are, in fact, the exact same thing—both stand for electrocardiogram. An electrocardiogram is used to measure the the electrical activity of the heart. When paired with algorithms, an electrocardiogram biosensor can translate the data it collects from the heart’s electrical activity into actionable insight into an individual’s health.

So, if an ECG is the exact same thing as an EKG, then why are there two different abbreviations? It’s actually quite simple—when the word electrocardiogram is translated into the German language, it is spelled Elektro-kardiographie. EKG is just the way some people choose to say ECG based on this translation.

Regardless of whether you call it ECG or EKG, it doesn’t change the fact that in biosensor form, it can enable incredibly valuable tracking tools. ECG/EKG readings are painless and completely non-invasive. When embedded in a wearable or mobile device and accompanied by algorithms, ECG/EKG biosensors can shed light into a variety of advanced biometrics, including:

  • Heart Rate
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Heart Age
  • Breathing Index
  • Mood

Different Names, Same Purpose

The information obtained by an ECG/EKG reading can go a long way when it comes to helping individuals bring about positive changes in the state of their health. 

As the technology evolves, it is becoming easier than ever for device manufacturers—and the customers that buy their products—to make use of ECG/EKG. While initially only available in medical environments or under the supervision of a healthcare provider, the rise of wearable technology equipped with ECG/EKG biosensors is making it possible for consumers to gain access to their personal data, using it to track their health and make necessary lifestyle changes over the long term. 

For more information on the application of ECG/EKG biosensor technology in wearable and mobile devices, download our free whitepaper: Wearable Solutions for Improving Heart Health & Wellness.

About NeuroSky

NeuroSky technologies enable the most insightful and easy-to-understand health and wellness biometrics for mobile solutions, wearable devices, and service providers. The company’s proprietary, market-leading biosensor technologies provide a foundation for analyzing biometric data in a way that’s never before been practical. NeuroSky-enabled solutions deliver unique insights into body and mind health and wellness that can motivate people to make better lifestyle choices.

NeuroSky Technology Fast 500 2014 & 2015 Recipient Awarded by Deloitte LLP