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NOTES NOTES ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY (ECG) ECG BASICS osms.it/ECG-basics ▪ ECG traces provide information on heart’s electrical activity, rate, rhythm ▫ Depolarization waves moving towards electrode → positive deﬂection ▫ Depolarization waves moving away from electrode → negative deﬂection ▪ 12 lead ECG (EKG) records heart electrical activity during heartbeat ▫ Six limb leads (I, II, III, AVR, AVL, AVF) ▫ Six chest leads (V1–V6) ▪ P wave: atrial depolarization ▫ PR interval: beginning of atrial contraction to beginning of ventricular contraction (time for impulse to reach ventricles form sinus node) ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▫ PR segment: end of P wave to beginning of QRS complex; signiﬁes AV nodal delay QRS complex: ventricular depolarization T wave: ventricular repolarization QT interval: time from start of Q wave to end of T wave; represents time taken for ventricular depolarization, repolarization U wave: sometimes seen after T wave (not shown), represents purkinje ﬁber repolarization RECORDING ECGs ▪ Recorded on 1mm graph paper (10mm = 1mV) Figure 18.1 Lead placement in the coronal and transverse plane. 128 OSMOSIS.ORG
Chapter 18 Cardiovascular Physiology: Electrocardiography ▫ x-axis = time (1mm = 0.04s) ▫ y- axis = voltage (10mm = 1mV) ▪ Limb leads: I, II, III, AVR, AVL, AVF ▫ Bipolar leads: I, II, III ▫ Unipolar leads: AVR, AVL, AVF (augmented voltage for right arm, left arm, left foot ▫ Lateral leads: I, aVL, V5, V6 ▫ Inferior leads: II, III, AVF ▫ Six limb leads provide six viewpoints of cardiac activity, in frontal plane ▫ Electrodes placed on shoulders, abdomen to record limb leads ▪ Chest leads (precordial): V1 –V6 ▫ Septal leads: V1,V2 ▫ Lateral leads: V5,V6 ▫ Anterior leads: V3,V4 ▫ Six chest leads provide six viewpoints of cardiac activity, in horizontal plane ECG NORMAL SINUS RHYTHM osms.it/ECG-normal-sinus-rhythm ▪ P waves precede QRS complexes in 1:1 relationship ▪ SA node (sinus node), dominant centre of automaticity ▫ Normal sinus rhythm 50–90bpm ▪ Constant RR interval ▪ Predictable recurring wave pattern (P-waves, QRS, T waves) ▪ P waves ▫ Upright in leads I, II, AVF ▫ Amplitude < 2.5mm in limb leads ▫ Sinus arrhythmia: can be normal if sinus rate varies with respiratory cycle, relatively mild/abnormal if sinus rate varies unpredictably,very dramatic ECG RATE & RHYTHM osms.it/ECG-rate-rhythm RATE DETERMINATION ▪ Box method: measure R-R interval by large boxes ▫ ECG grid: thick lines 5mm apart (0.20s); thin lines 1mm (0.04s) ▫ Locate R wave peak on thick line as “start” ▫ Label blocks (thick lines): 300; 150; 100; 75; 60; 50 ▫ Locate next R wave peak to estimate heart rate ▪ Fast heart rates: use ﬁne division within boxes for more accurate estimates ▪ Slow heart rates: use 2.5s marks at top of trace paper ▫ Locate R wave peak on large block line as “start” ▫ Count subsequent number of complete R waves in 10s strip (total strip) ▪ To calculate heart rate ▫ Count number of QRS complexes across entire recording, multiply by six for heart rate; used to estimate heart rate during irregular rhythms OSMOSIS.ORG 129
Figure 18.2 The Box method measures distance between R-R intervals to calculate the heart rate. ECG INTERVALS osms.it/ECG-intervals PR INTERVAL & SEGMENT ▪ Normal interval 0.12–0.20s ▫ Measure duration(s) from start of P to start of Q ▪ Normal segment: usually isoelectric, may be displaced ▫ QTc interval corrected for heart rate; 0.35–0.44s for normal heart rate (60–100bpm) ▫ Long QTc (> 500ms) → prone to rapid, potentially fatal ventricular rhythm QRS INTERVAL ▪ Normal QRS: <0.10–0.12s (slight variation between references) ▫ Measured from start of Q to end of S ▪ QRS amplitude (voltage): wide range of normal limits ▫ Low voltage: < 5mm limb leads, < 10mm chest leads ▫ Increased voltage can indicate left ventricular hypertrophy, right ventricular hypertrophy, may be normal ▫ Narrow (< 0.12s) / wide (> 0.12s) QT INTERVAL ▪ Normal QT < 50% RR interval, only for normal heart rates ▪ Measure QT from start of Q to end of T ▪ Measure RR interval as time between R-R 130 OSMOSIS.ORG Figure 18.3 An ECG interval includes a segment and one or more waves and should be completed within a speciﬁc amount of time to be considered healthy.
Chapter 18 Cardiovascular Physiology: Electrocardiography ECG AXIS osms.it/ECG-axis ▪ Mean direction (vector) of ventricular depolarization wavefront ▫ Mean QRS vector normally downward from AV node through stronger left ventricle ▪ Normal axis range -30º to +90º of frontal plane ▪ Limb leads indicate vector deviation in frontal plane ▫ Divided into four quadrants Figure 18.4 The green shows a normal range. The red bottom left quadrant would indicate right ventricular hypertrophy while the top right would indicate left ventricular hypertrophy. ECG TRANSITION osms.it/ECG-transition ▪ Chest leads provide information on vector rotation in horizontal plane ▫ Normal: gradual transition of QRS through leads V1–V6 ▫ QRS complex switches from predominantly negative to positive either between V2, V3 or between V3, V4 R WAVE PROGRESSION ▪ Early: tall R wave in V1, V2 ▪ Delayed R: transition point between V4, V5/between V5, V6 ▫ R amplitude > S; no progression through V5, V6 ▪ Reverse: decreasing amplitude ASSESSMENT FOR NORMAL REGULAR RHYTHM ▪ Is there a P before every QRS complex? ▪ Is there a QRS after every P? ▪ Are the P waves normal? ABNORMAL RATES & RHYTHMS ▪ Conventionally deﬁned, sinus bradycardia <60bpm ▫ True normal adult resting heart rate is 50–90bpm ▪ Sinus tachycardia > 100bpm ▪ If SA node fails, other latent ectopic pacemakers capable of automaticity ▫ Atria, AV junction, His bundle, bundle branches can set heart rate ▫ Each foci has unique rate (atrial foci 60–80bpm; junctional foci 40–60bpm; ventricular foci 20–40bpm) ▫ Overdrive suppression: mechanism by which only foci/node with highest ﬁring frequency rate conducts impulses, suppresses other pacemaker sites Heart blocks ▪ Sinus block ▫ SA node temporarily ceases to conduct impulse; usually resumes, may cause escape rhythm OSMOSIS.ORG 131
▪ AV block ▫ First degree: prolonged PR interval > 0.2s ▫ Second degree: some P waves conducted to ventricles, followed by QRS complex while some not ▫ Third degree: atria, ventricles beat asynchronously with no conduction through AV node (complete dissociation between P, QRS complexes) Bundle branch blocks ▪ Left bundle branch block (LBBB) ▫ Activation of left ventricle delayed causing left ventricle to contract later than right ventricle ▫ Broad QRS < 120ms ▫ Secondary R wave (R’) in leads V1-3 ▫ Slurred S wave in lateral leads (I, avL, V5–6) ▫ Secondary repolarization abnormalities in right precordial leads (ST depression, T wave inversions) ▪ Right bundle branch block (RBBB) ▫ Activation of right ventricle delayed causing right ventricle to contract later than left ventricle ▫ Broad QRS < 120ms ▫ Dominant S wave in V1 ▫ Absence of Q waves, broad monophasic R wave in lateral leads ▪ Left anterior fascicular block ▫ Impulses conducted to left ventricle via left posterior fascicle ▫ Left axis deviation ▫ Increased R wave peak time in aVL ▫ Small Q waves, tall R waves in leads 1, aVL ▫ Small R waves, deep S waves in leads II, III, aVF ▫ Increased QRS voltage in limb leads ▫ Prolonged R wave peak time in aVL > 45ms ▪ Left posterior fascicular block ▫ Impulses conducted to left ventricle via left anterior fascicle ▫ Right axis deviation ▫ Increased R wave peak time in aVF ▫ Small R waves with deep S waves in leads I, aVL ▫ Small Q waves with tall R waves in leads II, III, aVF ▫ Increased QRS voltage in limb leads Figure 18.5 The QRS transition zone usually occurs in the V3 and V4 lead. V1 and V2 are mostly positive while V5 and V6 are mostly negative. 132 OSMOSIS.ORG
Chapter 18 Cardiovascular Physiology: Electrocardiography ECG CARDIAC HYPERTROPHY & ENLARGEMENT osms.it/ECG-cardiac-hypertrophy-enlargement ATRIAL DILATION/ENLARGEMENT ▪ Biphasic P waves > one small box in lead V1 ▪ Initial component of wave larger ▫ Right atrial enlargement ▪ Terminal component of wave larger ▫ Left atrial enlargement ▪ Amplitude of P wave in any limb lead > 2.5mm ▫ Probable right atrial enlargement ▪ Sum of S wave depth in V1 + R wave height in either V5/V6 > 35mm ▪ Possible left axis deviation ▪ Left ventricular ‘strain pattern’ ▫ Downsloping ST segments, T wave inversions in lateral leads RIGHT VENTRICULAR HYPERTROPHY ▪ V1–V6 all consisting of small r waves, deep S waves (no R wave transition) ▪ Tall R wave in V1 that progressively shortens across to V6 (reverse R wave transition) ▪ Possible right axis deviation LEFT VENTRICULAR HYPERTROPHY ▪ Deep S wave in lead V1 ▪ Tall R wave in V5 and/or V6 Figure 18.6 Hypertrophy is an enlargement of the muscle wall while an increase in volume is known as dilation. OSMOSIS.ORG 133
ECG MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION & ISCHEMIA osms.it/ECG-cardiac-infarction-ischemia MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION ▪ Complete/partial blockage in coronary artery causing myocardial damage ▪ ST elevation MIs (STEMIs): complete artery blockage ▫ ST elevation present on ECG; emergency ▪ Non-ST elevation MIs (NSTEMIs): partial artery blockage ▫ ST elevations not present on ECG ▫ Less emergent than STEMI ISCHEMIA ▪ Inverted T waves; slight to deep; most pronounced in chest leads ▪ Angina: transient T wave inversion; may occur without infarction ▪ Inverted T wave in any leads V2–V6 are abnormal ▫ Suggest ischemia, variety of other pathologies ▪ Acute or recent infarction: elevated ST segment (slight to extensive) ▫ One of the earliest ECG signs of infarction ▫ Returns to baseline over time ▪ Restricted coronary blood ﬂow: ﬂat depressed ST segment ▫ Suggests subendocardial infarction; any ST depression 134 OSMOSIS.ORG NECROSIS ▪ Pathologic Q wave; > 0.04s, amplitude < ⅓ - ¼mm the R wave height ▫ Non-pathological q waves < 0.04s considered normal ▪ Ignore AVR lead; record leads with Q (pathological), q (physiological) waves; ST depression/elevation; inverted T waves ▪ Anterior left ventricular infarction (q in V5, V6) ▫ Chest leads anterior location; Q waves in leads V1, V2, V3 /V4 ▪ Posterior infarction ▫ Large R in leads V1, V2; possible Q in V6 ▫ Mirror test: invert, examine reﬂection for vQ, ST elevation in leads V1, V2 ▪ Lateral infarction: Q in leads I, AVL ▪ Inferior infarction: Q in leads II, III, AVF
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