Bow Wow

Rapper Bow Wow was recently diagnosed with tonsillitis while on tour down under in Australia. He confused his social media followers by posting an image showing EKG lead stickies attached to his torso. One reader was prompted to ask why Bow Wow needed an EKG for a sore throat.

An electrocardiogram is abbreviated as ECG or EKG -- the latter is the German abbreviation for Elektro-kardiographie. An EKG is a portable machine that measures the electrical activity in the heart. The EKG is sensitive enough to measure every aspect of the heart's function.

The EKG is used in conjunction with lab tests to determine the patient's diagnosis.

The standard 12 lead EKG consists of 10 wires attached to sticky electrodes around the heart, on each arm and above the legs.

Interpreting an EKG strip requires extensive training. Doctors and nurses who specialize in interpreting EKGs look for a normal QRS wave complex preceded by a normal P wave and followed by a normal T wave.


This is an EKG graphic of a heart in normal sinus rhythm (normal heartbeat). Below is what an EKG strip actually looks like.


Doctors analyze the size and shape of each wave. They also look for inverted (upside down) waves, peaked waves and the distance between each wave. For example, an elevated ST wave indicates a heart attack.

If the electrical waves look abnormal on the EKG, the doctor will order more diagnostic tests or begin treatment immediately based on the EKG and lab tests. Some abnormal EKGs do not require any treatment.

Why Do I Need an EKG?

Doctors use EKG machines to diagnose heart attacks, Cardiac ischemia (heart tissue oxygenation), defects or abnormalities in the heart's shape or size, electrolyte imbalances, irregular heart rate and rhythm, and more.

Panic attacks can trick patients into believing they are having a heart attack. The doctor will order an EKG to make sure the patient really is experiencing a panic attack and not a heart attack.

What Are Symptoms That May Require an EKG?

You should go to an emergency room if you experience:

  • Chest pains or discomfort
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Squeezing sensation in your chest
  • Heart palpitations (heart pounding in your chest)
  • Tachycardia (racing heartbeat)
  • Sudden weakness
  • Lightheaded or dizziness
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    • Shawty

      Thanks for the medical update on EKG"S!

    • Being bad is way more fun

      Seems like it was more of a preventative measure to make sure nothing else was going on !!!

    • Django the God

      He needs to take a lie detector test.

    • Quitedeliteful

      Very informative. I think I'll schedule an EKG just to make sure my ticker is in good health...

    • SweetTEE

      Sounds about right.

    • Trace da Ace

      soooo......why did Bow Wow need them for tonsillitis??? Or did I miss that point???

    • Yardgirl


    • Guess Who

      The patch things ain't doing look like they're in the right places to me. Don't those need to be precisely placed on the chest/torso?

    • Yui

      I had to have an EKG before I was scheduled for surgery. The doctor wanted to make sure all was square before proceeding, it may have been the same case for him.

    • Yardgirl

      Every time I had surgery they had to do a full exam including EKG to make sure I was fit for surgery. I believe this is standard procedure for adults. These people share erry damn thing on social media. Le sigh.

    • Guess Who

      He has a very sick need for sympathy.

    • Yardgirl

      Me too.

    • Guess Who

      So did I but dammit, did what I didn't need is too post it on social media. This nigga makes it really had for folks to identify with because of his constant need to stunt and LIE about various nonsensical things.

    • Rainbowbelow

      He probably told them to put more on so he could take a good pic for IG..

    • Trace da Ace

      oh...ok....cause giiirrllll....I'm so over Bow Wow and his shennanigans....whoring it up for attention and such....

    • Miss Thang


    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Chile not for no damn tonsilitis ...... If my old doctor was to see this clown .... down there at ENT ..... chile ... this one doing the most .... folks get hooked up even worse during a sleep apnea testing ...... tosilitis ..... they look at the tonsils see the drainage notice if the tonsils are inflared with sticky drainaige and send yo azz home with antibiotics depending how severe they prescribe augmentin ..... Bow wow can cut thee shyt .... his fans believe this shyt .... gots to be crazy

    • Yui

      Right, it’s so desperate. I don’t get why even show that off.

    • shelly

      He is a drama queen.

    • Yardgirl

      I am over him too gurrlll!! I did not even notice the over abundance of leads!! Fake!! He is quite frankly a fame whore because the look on his face makes it seem like he is in pain and near death. OY!

    • Yardgirl

      LOL!! I hear ya sis. He is so dang dramatic!!

    • Django the God

      Hook his ass up to that.

    • hottlanta

      He aint dead yet. He is werking my nerve with his fake private plane economy class on Spirit flying azz.

    • Raquelle Dellaghetto

      I get these often because I have CHF. Arf Arf needs to take it down a notch. Drama QUEEN.

    • imright

      i am a Pisces but i cannot stand Pisces men??

    • Ozad

      great info but it still did not sufficiently answer why he needed an EKG for a sore throat.....must be something Bow Wow not sharing( sore throat from popping to many Mollies, for example)

    • pure_rachet

      Totally misplaced! Leads me to believe it’s a publicity stunt. Plus they are huge.

    • pure_rachet

      Why is he walking around with them on? He’s so needy! ?

    • dontgetblocked

      My doctor does a EKG during my annual exam just to make sure everything is good.

    • Solstice

      I went in for pre-op and they found my pulse rate extremely low. I had an EKG and chest X-ray. Turns out I was on one blood pressure med too many. I was so fearful that I told very few people let alone snap some pics for social media. ? I think bow wow is a little deranged ?

    • Yui

      Right! It’s private!
      But it’s a good thing your doc caught that. Wow, it’s something you don’t even think about.

    • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

      He said he needed an EKG for a sore throat?????? *cries*

    • Solstice
    • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

      *giggles* Arf Arf

    • Solstice

      Yes!! ?? I never would have known.

    • Lady_Elle

      Has Bow Wow been successful at anything as an adult?
      Asking for a friend.

    • Judge Mental Will

      someone please give Ms Bowisha some attention. She need it.

    • SandraRose

      The placements are correct. They go under the heart, above the arms and above the legs.

    • SingleGalCrazyWorld

      Why does it seem likes it always the men under 5ft 6 that need the most attention??? They are always the loudest and the biggest liars/posers of all time...somebody get this baby a bottle so he can be soothed...

    • SandraRose

      The point is he didn't need an EKG for tonsillitis.

    • SandraRose

      You're welcome! Thanks for reading. ?

    • Yardgirl


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    • Guess Who

      They look weirdly placed but maybe mine weren't on correctly, hell IDK.

    • Logan Roberts

      Bow wow + Attention whore= Typical Pisces man ?

    • TheThrowbackBeauty

      I’m trying to understand who in Australia paying to see him?? He not relevant stateside sway?????

    • Fodderwing

      Merp. Histrionic comes to mind...perhaps drug induced...kid needs a mental health overhaul. I imagine he’s had a hell of a life.

    • Fodderwing



    • MRiGOThim

      to overcompensate for their lack of height :P

    • Logan Roberts

      They are the worst.

    • MissHarlem23

      I've always wanted to be a cardiac nurse, im so loving this article, i used to be a bow wow fan back in the day 2 ????"Hair nappy, but im happy, pocket full of dough"? aaayyyyeee ??


      I thought it was just me! The only Pisces man I can tolerate is my son :)



    • Strip Club Veteran

      I wonder how much of this lil fellas life has been a lie and now because of social media it's getting exposed.

    • SpiceGirl

      So he needs his tonsils removed??? Boy bye! Attention seeking much??

    • Goldielocs

      I think Bow Wow was sick from his girl being taken by Young MA