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Ecg Basics Help

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by lookleft, Jun 13, 2008.

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  1. lookleft

    lookleft Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    So I'm trying to learn the basics in reading ecg's. My biggest problem is that I don't know what is normal in each lead. For example should xwave be upright or down in xlead, etc.

    I've searched a number of texts and maybe I'm missing something but I can't find these answers.

    Can someone please help, and tell me what normal morphology is for the pwave, qrs complex, t wave, etc for each lead.

    Thank You very much
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  3. Dubin's "Rapid Interpretation of EKGs" is a great primer book for this.

    All texts, though, should at least show you a "normal" tracing!

    Edit: I see that you're a finishing MS-IV. Did you get any recommendations on interpretation basics during your MS-III IM rotation?
  4. Also, please don't cross-post this topic in four separate forums.
  5. AmoryBlaine

    AmoryBlaine the last tycoon 7+ Year Member

    May 1, 2006

    Uhh, well, there's alot of variations of normal on an EKG. Inverted T-waves are not considered normal in any lead by aVR and V1.

    Trying to establish a picture of what a "normal" lead should look like for each of the 12 is not a very good way of looking at an electrocardiogram. I'm not trying to be insulting, just pointing out it is a very nuanced test.
  6. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!
    Cross posted thread and now closing. If you want to respond, go to the one in IM.

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