Understanding and interpreting electrocardiogram (EKG) rhythms can be confusing and intimidating. This course will show you the basics of how electricity flows through the heart and how that translates onto the EKG waveform. We’ll break down the most common heart rhythms you’ll be expected to know and make each one of them easy to understand!
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to…
- Discuss the basic physiology of the electrical activity in the heart.
- Explain the basic parts of the EKG waveform and their significance to the electrical activity in the heart.
- Interpret the EKG rhythm waveform for sinus rhythms and discuss the significance for the patient
- Interpret the EKG rhythm waveform for abnormal atrial rhythms and discuss the significance for the patient
- Interpret the EKG rhythm waveform for abnormal ventricular rhythms and discuss the significance for the patient
- Interpret the EKG rhythm waveform for heart blocks and discuss the significance for the patient
- Identify deadly or life-threatening EKG waveforms quickly
Cornell Note-Taking System Instructions:
- Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the lecture using telegraphic sentences.
- Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based onthe notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarifymeanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthenmemory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.
- Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.
- Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them?
- Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.
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