The Patient: This ECG was taken from a 73-year-old man with a history of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, severe left ventricular hypertrophy, Type II diabetes, and stage 4 chronic kidney disease. He also suffered deep vein thrombosis and is on anticoagulation. He has a recent diagnosis of IgA myeloma.
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A laddergram is a diagram of conduction through the heart, presented in a minimum of three tiers, one for the atria, one for the AV junction, and one for the ventricles. Laddergrams are very useful for presenting and testing your theory of a dysrhythmia. Instructors often use them to illustrate complex dysrhythmia mechanisms.
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Want to know more about bundle branch block, IVCD, Wolff-Parkinson-White, Brugada? Need a systematic approach to evaluating 12-Lead ECGs? Need to brush up on your arrhythmia interpretation? How do you explain prolonged QT intervals and Torsades de Pointes to your students? All this and MUCH, MUCH more in Dr. Grauer's new 2014 ECG Pocket Brain, E-PUB edition. This is the BEST comprehensive resource out there for ECG instructors and students alike!
When teaching ECG, I always try to make the ECG interpretation have some practical context for the student. Why study squiggly lines, if they don't mean something to our care of our patients? Even putting a simple scenario (actual or invented) with an ECG can make it more relevant for your students. A series of ECGs taken as the patient undergoes changes, is especially helpful.
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