Course Title: Understanding ECG… for once… for all (Basic Course)
Course Owner: Dr. Anas F. Hamam
Course Instructor: Dr. Anas F. Hamam
Course duration: Half day (5 hours of lectures)
Purpose of course: To understand the basics of ECG, and know the normal and abnormal patterns of different diseases, to be able to diagnose different pathological conditions on ECG.
Aim of course: To elevate the understanding and ECG reading ability of medical personnel from absolute nothing, to a moderately accurate level of ECG reading.
Target Audience: Physicians in the following disciplines:
Nurses in various disciplines
Emergency Medicine Technicians (EMTs)
Students, Interns, Nurses, Residents, Assistant Consultants, Associate Consultants, and Consultants.
Workshop Breakdown: 1. The Basics
- How to properly report an ECG
- Atrial problems
- Junctional problems
- Acute myocardial infarction
A detailed description of the course lectures:
- The Basics:
This lecture introduces the attendees to the physiological basis upon which electrocardiography is founded. It is in this lecture that lead placement is discussed and the attendees are oriented to how the ECG wave, and its various components are produced, and recorded. Lead relation, and the multi-planer recording of the cardiac electrophysiology is made simple and easy to understand the basics of ECG in a practical and concise way.
- How to properly report an ECG:
In this lecture the attendee is taught how to methodically and systematically read an ECG trace to pick up all the abnormal findings, moving in a way to check all aspects of the trace so as not to miss any important or subtle findings, especially in cases where the ECG contains multiple abnormal findings. Attendees are instructed on how to approach each part of the ECG wave and what to look for, to note what is abnormal, and then to consider the big picture.
- Atrial problems:
Having finished the first three basic lectures, this is the first lecture that addresses the ECG wave as a rhythm on the trace. Different pathological conditions that produce sinus and atrial pathology are discussed, and ways approaching atrial problems are made simple and easy to recognize, with emphasis on how a naturally regular rhythm becomes irregular due different pathological conditions.
- Junctional problems:
One on the most challenging and interesting lectures that explains the nature of the cardiac junction, and how junctional rhythms arise. The better part of the lecture is devoted to identifying and recognizing the different types of heart blocks, how to tell each one from the others.
- Acute Myocardial Infarction:
This final lecture is designed to discuss how the pathological changes that occur in the different stages of an Acute Myocardial infarction, manifest on the ECG. The concept of coronary territories is introduced, and how the ST segment changes as the infarction evolves.
|Time||Topic / Activity|
|0900-1000||How to report on an ECG|
|1145-1230||Acute Myocardial Infarction|