Primer on Basic Concepts of ECG

Author / Instructor: Michael P. Cronin
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Course Number: 7143
CEU Hours: 3
Course Method: Online
Amount: $24
Active: Yes

Electrocardiogram interpretation is an invaluable clinical skill that is taught in many different ways at across the country. It is often informal and clinicians are expected to “pick it up” as they see patients on the wards and in clinics. There are many “courses” which can be purchased off the shelves at the bookstore -some of them too simplistic and others hopelessly detailed. In an effort to better meet the needs of ECG interpretation this course serves as a self-study manual.

Differential diagnosis is emphasized to encourage thinking about the “art” of interpretation, not just a cookbook mechanistic approach. It is our sincere hope that you find this course worthwhile and a skill you will continue to use throughout your careers in medicine.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

1.      Identify and define key terms associated with ECG

2.      Differentiate between “rate” and “rhythm”

3.      List and discuss the criteria for “hypertrophy”

4.      Explain how to identify an “infarct” on an ECG tracing