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Analysing ECGs in primary care


Content developed by MIMS Learning http://www.mimslearning.co.uk/

INTRODUCTION

In this module, the third of a series on ECG acquisition and interpretation, we look at steps 6 to 10 of a 10-step system for successful ECG interpretation in primary care. Key learning points include a refresher on the component waveforms of the ECG complex, and identifying common abnormalities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After completing this activity, GPs and nurses should be better able to:

  • Recall the characteristics of the ECG complex and specific segments and intervals
  • Interpret ECGs using a systematic step-by-step approach
  • Understand how common abnormalities may be identified
  • Recognise patterns indicating atrial enlargement, left or right bundle branch block, and left ventricular hypertrophy

AUTHORS

Dr Ravi Assomull, and Dr Sayan Sen, consultant cardiologists, London North West Healthcare Trust

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.