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Basic ECG Reading

Basic ECG Reading

Medical Study Notes
I’m on cardiology right now, and yesterday the fellow taught us some basics for interpreting EKGs. The trick is the have a thorough algorithm and do it every time so you don’t miss anything. Disclaimer: Obviously this is just a cursory intro so folks won’t look like complete fools like me- who, when asked to interpret an EKG, went into a cold sweat and said, “Well, it looks like the heart is beating.” Attendings do NOT like that. INTRO This is what a normal lead II EKG one beat reading should look like. TAKE NOTE LITERALLY EVERYONE STOP CALLING YOUR SQUIGGLY LINES HEARTBEATS IT IS WRONG GAAAHHHH. Normal EKG. What the various leads are monitoring. 1. Rhythm: Sinus or not- aka, is the SA node talking to the AV node correctly? Check in leads V1 and II- if there is a P wave before every Q...