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ECG acquisition and interpretation in primary care


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The ECG is a widely used diagnostic tool with a broad spectrum of clinical applications in cardiovascular disease, and for many general practice nurses, performing an ECG has become an expected part of their daily workload. In the first of a series, Dr Ravi Assomull and Dr Sayan Sen provide a guide to the infrastructure needed for providing ECGs in primary care, a 10-step system for interpreting ECGs, a sample ECG report and a test. Key learning points include training and support needed, indications for ECG acquisition and tips for providing a safe service.


After completing this activity, you should be better able to:

  • Identify whether ECG acquisition and interpretation might be suitable for their practice
  • Know what training and support are needed for ECG acquisition and interpretation
  • List indications for ECG acquisition
  • Consider the 10-step system outlined for ECG interpretation


Activity and test authors

Dr Ravi Assomull, consultant cardiologist, London Northwest Healthcare NHS Trust & Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust, London and Dr Sayan Sen, consultant cardiologist, Hammersmith Hospital, London

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.