What's so difficult about ECGs--a bundle of what?
- By: Dominic Cox, Hamish Dougall
In the first in a series of understanding ECGs Dominic Cox and Hamish Dougall take you through the basics
Are electrocardiograms (ECGs) difficult? Should we believe the titles of numerous texts written on the subject, which proclaim “ECGs Made Easy,” “ECGs Made Simple,” or “ECGs So Simple Your Granny's Cat Could Do Them”? We'll let you into a secret. Reading ECGs is not that difficult. A medical student can make the majority of important diagnoses just as well as a cardiologist and probably far better than the average orthopaedic surgeon. (The definition of a double blind study is an orthopaedic surgeon and an ECG.)
At present you may run for cover on seeing an ECG. We hope to show you that there is no need to do this. If you experience a combination of confusion, apathy, and palpitations on hearing strange words, like ECG mapping, signal averaging, and QT dispersion