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[[Image:nsr.png|thumb| A short ECG registration of normal heart rhythm (sinus rhythm)]]
 
[[Image:nsr.png|thumb| A short ECG registration of normal heart rhythm (sinus rhythm)]]
The aim of this course is to understand and recognize the normal ECG and to be able to interprete abnormalities. The course is divided in two different sections. First the [[basics]] will be presented. This is followed by the interpretation of the normal ECG according to the 7+2 step plan:
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The aim of this course is to enable the student to understand and recognize normal ECGs and interpret abnormalities. The course is divided into two different sections. First the '''[[basics]]''' will be presented. This is followed by the interpretation of the normal ECG according to the 7+2 step plan:
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==7+2 step plan==
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* Step 1: [[Rhythm]]
 
* Step 1: [[Rhythm]]
 
* Step 2: [[Rate]]
 
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* Step 7+1: [[Compare_the_old_and_new_ECG|Compare the current ECG with a previous one]]
 
* Step 7+1: [[Compare_the_old_and_new_ECG|Compare the current ECG with a previous one]]
 
* Step 7+2: [[Conclusion]]
 
* Step 7+2: [[Conclusion]]
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'''Note:''' It is important to realize that not all these steps may be applicable when you encounter ECG abnormalities. If, for example, the rhythm is not sinus in the [[Rhythm|first step]], the algorithm to analyze [[arrhythmias]] should be followed. If a [[LBBB|Left Bundle Branch Block]] is present in [[Conduction|step 3]], [[ST morphology]] will be strongly influenced by this defect.
  
Finally the real world is presented through [[Cases and Examples|practice ECGs]].
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Finally the '''real world''' is presented through [[Cases and Examples|'''practice ECGs''']].
  
If you have finished the course you are invited to come back to read more about abnormal ECGs in the ECG textbook.
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After you have finished the course you are invited to come back to read more about abnormal ECGs in the '''ECG textbook'''.
 
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==ECG textbook==
Also read our [[Frequently Asked Questions]] section.
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* [[Normal Tracing|Normal Tracing]]
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* [[A Concise History of the ECG]]
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* [[Technical Problems|Technical Problems]]
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* [[Sinus_node_rhythms_and_arrhythmias|Sinus Rhythms]]
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** [[Sinus Tachycardia]]
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** [[Sinus Bradycardia]]
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* [[Arrhythmias|Arrhythmias:]]
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** [[Supraventricular Rhythms|Supraventricular]]
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** [[Junctional Tachycardias|Junctional]]
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** [[Ventricular Arrhythmias|Ventricular]]
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** [[Genetic Arrhythmias|Genetic]]
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** [[Ectopic Beats|Ectopic Beats]]
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* [[AV Conduction|AV Conduction]]
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* [[Intraventricular Conduction|Intraventricular Conduction]]
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* [[Myocardial Infarction|Myocardial Infarction]]
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* [[Chamber Hypertrophy and Enlargement|Chamber Hypertrophy]]
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* [[Repolarization (ST-T,U) Abnormalities|Repolarization]]
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* [[Clinical Disorders|Clinical Disorders]]
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* [[Electrolyte Disorders|Electrolyte Disorders]]
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* [[Pacemaker|Pacemaker]]
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* [[ECGs in Athletes]]
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* [[Pediatric ECGs|ECGs in Children]]
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* [[Accuracy of Computer Interpretation]]
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Also read our '''[[Frequently Asked Questions]]''' section.
 
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Latest revision as of 19:52, 15 March 2011

«/ Basics»


Author(s) J.S.S.G. de Jong, MD
Moderator J.S.S.G. de Jong, MD
Supervisor
some notes about authorship
A short ECG registration of normal heart rhythm (sinus rhythm)

The aim of this course is to enable the student to understand and recognize normal ECGs and interpret abnormalities. The course is divided into two different sections. First the basics will be presented. This is followed by the interpretation of the normal ECG according to the 7+2 step plan:

7+2 step plan


Note: It is important to realize that not all these steps may be applicable when you encounter ECG abnormalities. If, for example, the rhythm is not sinus in the first step, the algorithm to analyze arrhythmias should be followed. If a Left Bundle Branch Block is present in step 3, ST morphology will be strongly influenced by this defect.

Finally the real world is presented through practice ECGs.

After you have finished the course you are invited to come back to read more about abnormal ECGs in the ECG textbook.

ECG textbook

Also read our Frequently Asked Questions section.