Tag Archives: ECG

Matters of the Heart

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During the last couple of weeks, studying for my hospital’s mandatory EKG rhythm interpretation course made me very glad I bought this book, and worked my way through it. In combination with the course, taught by a cath lab RN/heart addict (“wallpaper with a Torsades border would be so pretty!“), which actually uses this book, I’m stumbling toward a better understanding of WHY those wiggly lines get weird when the heart’s electrical system gets FUNKY. So, aspiring nursing students, tele techs and panicking new grads, get shopping!

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Cardiac dysrhythmia EKG Venn Diagram Fun

Well, it’s official, I have no life.  I even have the T-shirt for it (actually, I was so darn strung out from lack of sleep I accidentally ordered two.  Yay!  Clean clothes!)

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I have a hard time wrapping my pea brain around cardiac dysrhythmias.  I can spot the pretty pictures easily, thanks to some time served as a tele tech and Skill-Stat, but the RN-type stuff – knowing causes, interventions just doesn’t go in sometimes unless I make a picture.  

So, here are my study aids for anyone on the interwebs to enjoy!

A-Fib vs. A-FlutterImage

First Degree Heart Block vs. Third Degree Heart Block

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And, just in time for Valentine’s Day – V-Fib vs. V-Tach:

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