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EKG Basics # 2 That Squigglely Line - What Does It Really Mean ? What Does It Really Mean ? Part # 2 David Arnall, Ph.D., P.T. (2000)

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1 EKG Basics # 2 That Squigglely Line - What Does It Really Mean ? What Does It Really Mean ? Part # 2 David Arnall, Ph.D., P.T. (2000)

2 The V Leads l The Precordial Chest Leads Record The Heart’s Electrical Activity In The Transverse Or Horizontal Plane.

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4 l To Create The Six Precordial Chest Leads, Each Chest Lead Is Made Positive & The Whole Body Is Considered Negative.

5 Lead Positioning l V1 Is Placed In The Fourth Intercostal Space To The Right Of The Sternum. l V2 Is Placed In The Fourth Intercostal Space To The Left Of The Sternum.

6 l V3 Is Placed In Between V2 And V4. l V4 Is Placed In The Fifth Intercostal Space In The Midclavicular Line Near The Nipple.

7 l V5 Is Placed In Between V4 And V6. l V6 Is Placed In The Fifth Intercostal Space In The Midaxillary Line.

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9 l When placing the precordial chest leads across the thorax, the clinician places the electrodes under the pectoralis major & not over the breasts.

10 l In The Chest Cavity, The Heart Is Positioned With The Right Ventricle Lying Anteriorly & Medially While The Left Ventricle Lies Anterolaterally & Posteriorly

11 l Therefore, Leads V1 & V2 Lie Directly Over The Right Ventricle. Their Line Of Sight Is To View The Electrical Activity Coming From The Right Ventricle.

12 l Leads V3 & V4 Lie Directly Over The Interventricular Septum. Their Line Of Sight Is To View The Electrical Activity Of The Interventricular Septum.

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14 l Leads V5 & V6 Lie Over The Left Ventricle. Therefore, These Leads View The Electrical Activity Of The Left Ventricle.

15 l The Precordial Chest Leads Can Be Divided Up Into Areas Of The Heart They View.

16 l Leads V1, V2, V3, & V4 Are The Anterior Leads.

17 l Leads V5 & V6 Look At The Left Lateral Wall.

18 In Review Anterior Chest Leads V1, V2, V3 & V4

19 Left Lateral Wall Leads aVL, Lead I, V5 & V6 aVL, Lead I, V5 & V6

20 Inferior Chest Leads Lead II, Lead III, & Lead aVF Lead II, Lead III, & Lead aVF

21 No Man’s Land aVR

22 A Review Of The Waves & Intervals Of The EKG & Intervals Of The EKG

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24 The P Wave l The P Wave Is The Signal That Electrical Potential Has Left The SA Node, Swept Across The Atria, & Has Initiated Atrial Contraction.

25 What Is A Normal P Wave ? l Duration : The Normal Duration Of A P Wave is mm ( sec) l If It Is Greater Than 2.75 mm (.11 sec) It Is Considered To Be An Abnormal P Wave.

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27 Amplitude A Normal Amplitude For A A Normal Amplitude For A P Wave Is 2-3 mm. P Wave Is 2-3 mm.

28 The P Wave Should Always Be Gently Rounded - Never Pointed Or Peaked.

29 l Abnormal Amplitude Of The P Wave Is Often Seen In Cor Pulmonale, A-V Valve Disease, Hypertension & In Patients With Congenital Heart Disease

30 l P Waves Within The Same Lead That Are Multiformic Indicate The Presence Of More Than One Pacemaker In The Right Atrium.

31 l In The Six Limb Leads, You Will Generally See P Waves In The Upright Position Except In aVR & V1 Where They Are Negatively Deflected.

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33 l You Will Frequently See Biphasic P Waves In Lead III, Lead V2 & Occasionally In Lead aVL.

34 BiPhasic P Wave In V1

35 The PR Interval l After The P Wave There Is A “Silent Period” Where Nothing Is Happening In The EKG Tracing. This Quiescent Period Is Called The PR Interval.

36 l The PR Interval Is A Time Lag And Represents The Period During Which There Is AV Nodal Capture Of The SA Node Signal.

37 l The PR Interval Allows The Atria To Contract (atrial systole) Which “Tops Off” The Ventricles With Blood - An Event Called Atrial Kick.

38 l The PR Interval Is Measured From The Beginning Of The P Wave To The Beginning Of The Q Wave Or The Beginning Of The R Wave If The Q Wave Is Absent.

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41 l The PR Interval Represents The Time Period Encompassing Atrial Depolarization Up To But Not Including The Start Of Ventricular Depolarization.

42 l “ A major portion of the PR interval reflects the slow conduction through the AV node which is controlled by the sympathetic-parasympathetic balance within the autonomic nervous system ”. Marriott’s Practical Electrocardiography, 9th ed., Galen S. Wagner, pg 39, 1994

43 l Duration : The Adult PR Interval Is Normally Between 3-5 mm Or Seconds In Duration. Some Cardiologists Will Say It Is Normal Out To.22 Seconds (5 1/2 mm)

44 l If The PR Interval Is Longer Than 5 mm, It Is Called A Prolonged PR Interval & May Indicate The Presence Of An AV Block.

45 First Degree AV Block

46 l The PR Interval Shortens During Exercise Because Of The Sympathetic Tone That Predominates Over The Heart.

47 l If The PR Interval Could Not Shorten, Along With Other Segments In The EKG, Then Acceleration Of Heart Rate During Exercise Would Be Difficult If Not Impossible.

48 l In Young Children, The PR Interval Is Shorter Than In Adults. The Child’s Heart Rate Is Also Faster.

49 l In A 1 Year Old Child At Rest, The Normal P-R Interval Is Typically.11 sec. Or Slightly Under 3 mm.

50 l For Children Who Are 6 Years Of Age, The P-R Interval At Rest Is.13 Seconds Or Slightly Over 3 mm.

51 l In Children 12 Years Of Age, The P-R Interval At Rest Will Be.14 Seconds Or About 3.5 mm.

52 l In Grown Adults 18 Years Of Age And Older, The P-R Interval At Rest Will Be 3-5 mm In Length.

53 l Prolonged P-R Intervals Are Symptomatic Of : AV Blocks Due To Coronary Disease & Rheumatic Fever.

54 l Sometimes, Prolonged P-R Intervals Not Related To Heart Disease, Can Be Seen In Healthy Athletes - An Aberration Called A Normal Variant. This Can Be Seen In About ~ 1% - 2% Of The Healthy, Young Population.

55 Pathologies Resulting In PR Interval Shortening

56 l Shortened P-R Intervals Are Seen In Patients With Pheochromocytoma And Wolfe-Parkinson-White Syndrome

57 l Pheochromocytoma is a tumor in the adrenal medulla that results in a greater-than-normal release of catecholamines. The high blood concentration of catecholamines causes the heart rate to accelerate.

58 l Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome is a medical condition in which atrioventricular myocardial accessory pathways electrically pre-excite the ventricles to contract producing an extremely short PR interval.

59 l These accessory electrical pathways are remnants of fetal pathways that did not disappear after birth. The Bundle Of Kent has been implicated as a common aberrant pathway in W-P-W.

60 l W-P-W occurs in ~.15% -.20% of the population or 2:1,000 people. Patients with W-P-W are otherwise healthy.

61 l W-P-W effects men more than women and can evolve into atrial and ventricular dysrhythmias with a general mortality up to 4% of the effected population.

62 l Patients with W-P-W often complain of episodic symptoms that include chest discomfort, dizziness, and palpitations.

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65 The Q Wave l Definition : The Q Wave Is The First Downward Deflection After The P Wave & Before The R Wave.

66 l Sometimes Q Waves Are Present & Sometimes They Are Absent Depending On The Lead.

67 l It is common to normally see Q waves in leads I, II, aVL and in V4-6.

68 l A Normal Q Wave Is Not Wider In Duration Than 0.5 mm Or About.02 Seconds. Its Normal Amplitude Is < 1 mm.

69 l Q Waves Are An Indication Of Ventricular Septal Wall Depolarization.

70 l They Appear Before The QRS Complex Because The Fascicle That Conducts The Signal Is Higher Than The Right And Left Bundle Branch That Give You The QRS Complex.

71 l Q Waves Of Normal Size Have No Diagnostic Meaning In Normal Hearts Except That The Septum Has Depolarized.

72 Significant Q Waves l Q waves In Leads I, II, aVF, & aVL Can Mean Something If...

73 1. They Are Between 25% - 33% Of The Amplitude Of The R Wave. 2. They Are Greater Than 0.04 Seconds (1 mm) In Duration.

74 l Q waves of any size are normal in leads aVR.

75 l If They Are 25%-33% Of The Total Amplitude Of The R Wave, Then They Are Significant For The Presence Of An MI In The Lead Where The Q Wave Appears.

76 l In Other Words, If The Significant Q Wave Appears In Leads II, III Or aVF, Then The MI Must Have Occurred In The Inferior Portion Of The Heart - The Right Coronary Is Blocked.

77 l If The Significant Q Wave Appeared In Lead I Or aVL, Then The MI Must Have Occurred In The Antero-Lateral Or Lateral Portions Of The Left Ventricle.

78 l Since Lead I & aVL Cover The Lateral Wall Of The Left Ventricle, Then The Occlusion Likely Occurred In The Circumflex Or The Marginal Branches Of The Left Coronary.

79 l Use The Precordial Chest Leads To Look For Significant Q Waves For The Presence Of An MI In The Anterior Portion Of The Heart - V1 - V6 - The LAD Is Occluded.

80 The R Wave l Definition : The R Wave Is The First Upward Deflection After The P Wave.

81 l In the precordial chest leads, there should be an R wave progression - i.e. - an ever increasing amplitude of the R wave from V1 through V6

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83 l R wave progression occurs because the precordial chest leads sweep across the thoracic cage looking from the thinner right ventricle across to the thicker left ventricle.

84 l Loss of the R wave progression is abnormal and signals the possible presence of bundle branch blocks or the occurrence of a myocardial infarction.

85 The S Wave l Definition : The S Wave Is Defined As The First Downward Deflection After The R Wave.

86 l There is a normal progressive decrease in the size of the S wave in the precordial leads.

87 l V1 through V2 should have large S waves with a decreasing appearance of S through V5 and V6.

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89 QRS Complex Generalities l Mostly Upward Deflected QRS Complexes Are Found In Leads I, II, III, aVF, aVL, V4, V5, and V6.

90 l Mostly Downward Deflected QRS Complexes Will Be Seen In Leads aVR And V1,V2, And Sometimes V3.

91 l The QRS Complex Signals The Depolarization Of The Ventricles.

92 l A Normal QRS Complex Has A Duration of ~ Sec. Or About mm.

93 l If The QRS Is >3mm, The Medical Staff Will Construe It To Mean There Is An Abnormal Intraventricular Conduction Pathway.

94 The ST Segment l The ST Segment Is The Pause After The QRS Complex - The Interval Between The End Of The QRS Complex & The Beginning Of The T Wave.

95 l It Symbolizes The End Of Ventricular Depolarization To The Start Of Ventricular Repolarization.

96 l It Is During This Phase Of The EKG When The Heart Is Being Passively Perfused - The Windkessel Effect.

97 l The ST Segment Slopes Gently Up Toward The Isoelectric Line From The J Point And Ends At The Beginning Of The T Wave.

98 The ST Segment

99 Normal EKG w/ J Point In aVL

100 l Normal Up Sloping Of The ST Segment May Be 1-2 mm In Indo- Europeans And As Much As 4 mm In African-Americans

101 l The Normal Duration Of The ST Segment Is About 2-3 mm.

102 ST Segment Elevation l When The ST Segment Is Elevated In A Patient With Known Disease, It Is Usually A Sign Of An Evolving Transmural Infarction - An MI In Progress.

103 ST Segment Elevation

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105 l So...., The Classic Signs Of An Acute MI In Progress Are : – Elevated ST Segment – Inverted T Wave – Presence Of A Q Wave

106 Signs Of An Anterior Wall Infarction

107 l An anterior wall MI is usually caused by an occlusion of the LAD l EKG changes are seen in any of the precordial chest leads - V1 - V6

108 ST Segment Changes With An Acute Anterior MI l ST segment elevation in V1-V6 and in Leads I and aVL (the lateral wall leads). l Reciprocal ST segment depression in Leads II, III & aVF (the inferior leads)

109 Acute Anterior Myocardial Infarction

110 l In An Uncomplicated MI, These EKG Changes Will Largely Disappear Once The Infarction Has Frankly Resolved - Usually In About 3 Or More Days.

111 Mature Anterior Wall MI

112 Signs Of An Inferior Wall Infarction

113 l This infarction occurs on the diaphragmatic surface of the heart. l It is frequently caused by an occlusion to blood flow through the right coronary

114 ST Segment Changes With An Acute Inferior MI l ST segment elevations in Leads II, III and aVF l Reciprocal ST segment changes in Leads I, aVL, V1-V6.

115 Acute Inferior Myocardial Infarction

116 l In An Uncomplicated MI, These EKG Changes Will Largely Disappear Once The Infarction Has Frankly Resolved - Usually In About 3 Days.

117 A Mature Inferior Wall MI

118 Old Inferior Wall MI

119 Signs Of A Lateral Wall Infarction

120 l This type of MI involves the lateral wall of the heart - the left ventricle. l It is often caused by an occlusion to blood flow through the circumflex artery.

121 l ST segment elevations will be seen in the lateral chest leads - Leads I, aVL and V5 and V6.

122 Acute Lateral Wall MI

123 l In An Uncomplicated MI, These EKG Changes Will Largely Disappear Once The Infarction Has Frankly Resolved - Usually In About 3 Days.

124 Mature Lateral Wall Infarct

125 l For All Types Of MI’s, The Q Wave Often Remains As The Only Residual Sign That An Infarction Has Occurred. Also, The ST Segment May Be Permanently Depressed.

126 ST Segment Depression l When The ST Segment Is Depressed, Then It Is Usually A Sign Of Cardiac Ischemia.

127 ST Segment Depression

128 Types Of ST Segment Depression

129 l ST Segment Depression May Be A Permanent Part Of The EKG Tracing.

130 l At Rest The Patient May Have A Normal ST Segment. However, It May Become Depressed As The Person’s Exercise Level Is Increased Above The Heart’s Ability To Receive Adequate Perfusion.

131 l The ST segment depression will begin to appear as the heart becomes ischemic l It will continue to be more depressed the more ischemic the heart becomes.

132 l The ST segment will normalize once the exercise intensity is reduced to a level in which the heart receives enough perfusion to support the work that is being demanded.

133 The T Wave l The T Wave Represents Repolarization Of The Ventricles. l Repolarization Proceeds From The Apex Of The Heart To The Base Of The Heart.

134 l In Normal Hearts, The T Wave Is Usually Upright In Leads I, II, III, aVF, aVL, & V2-V6.

135 l In Normal Hearts, The T Wave Will Usually Be Upside Down In aVR And V1.

136 l The Normal Duration Of The T Wave Is About 1-2 mm.

137 l Normal Amplitude For The T Wave Is Highly Variable.

138 l T Waves Get Taller During GXT’s And Exercise.

139 T Waves During Infarction l With infarction, the T wave usually becomes tall and narrow - referred to as “peaking”. l With time and the onset of ischemia, the T wave will invert.

140 The QT Interval l The QT Interval Encompasses The Time From The Beginning Of The Q Or R Wave Through The End Of The T Wave.

141 l The QT Interval Represents 40% Of The Normal Cardiac Cycle Whether At Rest Or During Exercise.

142 l The QT Interval Becomes Shorter As The Heart Rate Increases.

143 Summary Of Durations & Amplitudes Of The P-QRS-T l P Waves ¤ Normal Duration : 2.5 mm ¤ Normal Amplitude : 2-3 mm l PR Intervals ¤ Normal Duration : 3-5 mm

144 l Q Waves ¤ Normal Duration : <.5 mm ¤ Normal Amplitude : <25% of R amplitude or ~ 1.0 mm

145 l QRS Complex ¤ Normal Duration : < 3.0 mm ¤ Normal Amplitude : Variable l ST Segment ¤ Normal Amplitude : 1-2 mm ¤ Normal Duration : 2-3 mm

146 l T Wave ¤ Normal Duration : 2 mm ¤ Normal Amplitude : < 5 mm in Limb Leads & < 10 mm in Precordial Leads


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