Written by Clay Smith.
Top 5 ECG Posts
We want to promote great #FOAMed, and one of the finest medical blogs out there is Dr. Smith's ECG Blog (no relation...alas). This features some of his top posts and highlights 5 ECG patterns you must know.
Think ST depression only means ischemia? This post explores 5 patterns of ST depression you need to know. What do you think about this ECG?
Subtle Change - Big Problem
Would you recognize acute LAD occlusion? It would have ST elevation, right? Know this pattern with no ST elevation. This ECG is more subtle.
Don't Get Fooled
Wide, bizarre, brady and blocks - one diagnosis unifies all these. Can you guess after looking at these two ECGs?
This is a pathognomonic ECG that if we haven't trained our minds to see, we will miss; and people could get hurt. Read the whole post, because there is discussion of another pathognomonic entity you need to know as well.
LBBB and Pacemaker
If they have LBBB or a pacemaker, you can't read acute changes...WRONG. Check these cases out. First is dyspnea, fatigue, bradycardia s/p atropine. Second is a different patient.
Go to the Source
Please click on the ECGs to go to the original source. Dr. Smith unpacks the significance of these tracings and teaches you what you need to know to read them with excellence. There is so much there. Take 15 minutes and immerse your mind in electrocardiography.
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Disclaimer: All the ECG tracings in this post were used by permission in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). All are from Dr. Smith's ECG Blog, modified to be smaller than the originals. All images link to the original blog.