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A systematic description of ECGs
The following eight short steps will enable most ECGs to be described correctly:
1 Check the paper speed and calibration markers.
2 Measure or estimate the heart rate.
3 Estimate the rhythm.
4 Look for P waves.
5 Measure the PR interval.
6 Examine the QRS complex.
7 Check the ST segment.
8 Measure the T wave.
ECG interpretation should always be as restrained as practicable, taking into account the
clinical context where known and comparison with previous tracings where possible. The possibility
of Prinzmetal’s electrocardiographic heart disease must always be borne in mind—that
is, do not assume that an abnormal ECG always means heart disease.2
Paper speed and calibration markers
The standard paper speed is 25 mm/second. This means that 1 mm (small square) = 0.04 seconds
and 5 mm (large square) = 0.20 seconds. Provided that the grid is shown, this gives the time
scale regardless of the actual image magnification used.
Voltage is measured on the vertical axis: 10 mm = 1 mV, as shown in the calibration artefact
Leads are often described in groups that correspond approximately to the area of the heart
they represent.
n Leads 1 and aVL are (high) lateral leads.
n Leads 2, 3 and aVF are inferior leads.
n Leads 1, 2, 3, aVL, aVF and aVR are collectively called limb or frontal plane leads. Leads 1,
2 and 3 are standard limb leads, while leads aVL, aVF and aVR are augmented limb leads.
n Leads V1 and V2 are anteroseptal leads.
n Leads V3 and V4 are anterior leads.
n Leads V5 and V6 are anterolateral leads.
n Leads V1–V6 are collectively called chest, precordial or horizontal plane leads.
3• AN OVERVIEW OF CLINICAL ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY 49
Heart rate
By definition, sinus tachycardia is a heart rate ≥ 100/minute and sinus bradycardia is a heart
rate ≤ 50/minute.3
To calculate the heart rate from the ECG, the R-R interval in mm can be divided into 1500.
For example, an R-R interval of 20 mm gives a rate of 75/minute and an R-R interval of 15 mm
gives a rate of 100. Similarly, large 5 mm squares can be divided into 300; thus three squares give
a rate of 100/minute. In regular rhythms, any two congruous points of the P-QRS-T sequence
can be used to estimate the rate. An ECG ruler has a scale that enables rapid rate measurement
and calculation of other intervals. With practice, the rate can be estimated at a glance.
Rhythm
Begin by looking for P waves. They are best seen in lead 2 (L2) (which is calculated electrocardiographically
as the arithmetic sum of leads 1 and 3), aVR (where everything including the
P waves

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A systematic description of ECGs
The following eight short steps will enable most ECGs to be described correctly:
1 Check the paper speed and calibration markers.
2 Measure or estimate the heart rate.
3 Estimate the rhythm.
4 Look for P waves.
5 Measure the PR interval.
6 Examine the QRS complex.
7 Check the ST segment.
8 Measure the T wave.
ECG interpretation should always be as restrained as practicable, taking into account the
clinical context where known and comparison with previous tracings where possible. The possibility
of Prinzmetal’s electrocardiographic heart disease must always be borne in mind—that
is, do not assume that an abnormal ECG always means heart disease.2
Paper speed and calibration markers
The standard paper speed is 25 mm/second. This means that 1 mm (small square) = 0.04 seconds
and 5 mm (large square) = 0.20 seconds. Provided that the grid is shown, this gives the time
scale regardless of the actual image magnification used.
Voltage is measured on the vertical axis: 10 mm = 1 mV, as shown in the calibration artefact
of
Leads are often described in groups that correspond approximately to the area of the heart
they represent.
Leads 1 and aVL are (high) lateral leads.
Leads 2, 3 and aVF are inferior leads.
Leads 1, 2, 3, aVL, aVF and aVR are collectively called limb or frontal plane leads. Leads 1,
2 and 3 are standard limb leads, while leads aVL, aVF and aVR are augmented limb leads.
nLeads V1 and V2 are anteroseptal leads.
Leads V3 and V4 are anterior leads.
Leads V5 and V6 are anterolateral leads.
Leads V1–V6 are collectively called chest, precordial or horizontal plane leads.

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A systematic description of ECGs
The following eight short steps will enable most ECGs to be described correctly:
1 Check the paper speed and calibration markers.
2 Measure or estimate the heart rate.
3 Estimate the rhythm.
4 Look for P waves.
5 Measure the PR interval.
6 Examine the QRS complex.
7 Check the ST segment.
8 Measure the T wave.
ECG interpretation should always be as restrained as practicable, taking into account the
clinical context where known and comparison with previous tracings where possible. The possibility
of Prinzmetal’s electrocardiographic heart disease must always be borne in mind—that
is, do not assume that an abnormal ECG always means heart disease.2
Paper speed and calibration markers
The standard paper speed is 25 mm/second. This means that 1 mm (small square) = 0.04 seconds
and 5 mm (large square) = 0.20 seconds. Provided that the grid is shown, this gives the time
scale regardless of the actual image magnification used.
Voltage is measured on the vertical axis: 10 mm = 1 mV, as shown in the calibration artefact
of
Leads are often described in groups that correspond approximately to the area of the heart
they represent.
Leads 1 and aVL are (high) lateral leads.
Leads 2, 3 and aVF are inferior leads.
Leads 1, 2, 3, aVL, aVF and aVR are collectively called limb or frontal plane leads. Leads 1,
2 and 3 are standard limb leads, while leads aVL, aVF and aVR are augmented limb leads.
nLeads V1 and V2 are anteroseptal leads.
Leads V3 and V4 are anterior leads.
Leads V5 and V6 are anterolateral leads.
Leads V1–V6 are collectively called chest, precordial or horizontal plane leads.

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ECG interpretation: points to remember
1 ECG reports should be short and based on clinical information where possible.
2 Check that the patient’s name is on the ECG and that the paper speed and
calibration markers are correct.
3 Measure or estimate the heart rate—3 large squares = 100/minute.
4 Establish the rhythm. Look for P waves (best seen in L2). Are the P waves followed
by QRS complexes? Look for anomalously conducted or ectopic beats.
5 Measure the intervals: PR, QRS duration and QT interval (for the latter, consult
tables, but normal is less than 50% of the RR interval).
6 If the QRS complex is wide (> 3 small squares) consider the possibilities: LBBB,
RBBB, WPW or ventricular rhythm or beats. If the pattern is of LBBB, there is
no need in most cases to attempt further interpretation.
7 Estimate the QRS axis. In LAD, L1 and aVF diverge and L2 is predominantly
negative. In RAD, L1 and aVF converge, while L2 matters little. Indeterminate
axis is diagnosed when all six frontal leads are (more or less) equiphasic.
8 Check whether the criteria for LAHB or LAFB have been met.
9 Look for pathological Q waves. In general these are longer than 0.04 seconds
and are more than 25% of the size of the following R wave.

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Popular Cardiologist in yelahanka New Town, Bangalore •
ECG interpretation: points to remember
1 ECG reports should be short and based on clinical information where possible.
2 Check that the patient’s name is on the ECG and that the paper speed and
calibration markers are correct.
3 Measure or estimate the heart rate—3 large squares = 100/minute.
4 Establish the rhythm. Look for P waves (best seen in L2). Are the P waves followed
by QRS complexes? Look for anomalously conducted or ectopic beats.
5 Measure the intervals: PR, QRS duration and QT interval (for the latter, consult
tables, but normal is less than 50% of the RR interval).
6 If the QRS complex is wide (> 3 small squares) consider the possibilities: LBBB,
RBBB, WPW or ventricular rhythm or beats. If the pattern is of LBBB, there is
no need in most cases to attempt further interpretation.
7 Estimate the QRS axis. In LAD, L1 and aVF diverge and L2 is predominantly
negative. In RAD, L1 and aVF converge, while L2 matters little. Indeterminate
axis is diagnosed when all six frontal leads are (more or less) equiphasic.
8 Check whether the criteria for LAHB or LAFB have been met.
9 Look for pathological Q waves. In general these are longer than 0.04 seconds
and are more than 25% of the size of the following R wave.
3• AN OVERVIEW OF CLINICAL ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY 115
10 Increased QRS voltages suggest LVH if:
• the height of the S wave in V1 added to the R wave in V5 or V6 is greater
than 35 mm (SV1 + RV5 or RV6 > 35 mm) or
• any R + S wave height in the V leads is greater than 45 mm or
• the R wave in aVL (RaVL) is greater than 13 mm or
• the R wave in L2 (R2) is greater than 15 mm.
If the ST segment and T wave are affected, it is reported as LVH with ST/T
changes or strain pattern.
In RVH, the R wave is larger than the S wave in V1.
11 Look for ST depression or elevation. ST depression may reflect strain pattern
rather than ischaemia, and ST elevation may be due to early repolarisation or
pericarditis rather than infarction.

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Popular Cardiologist in yelahanka New Town, Bangalore •
ECG interpretation: points to remember
1 ECG reports should be short and based on clinical information where possible.
2 Check that the patient’s name is on the ECG and that the paper speed and
calibration markers are correct.
3 Measure or estimate the heart rate—3 large squares = 100/minute.
4 Establish the rhythm. Look for P waves (best seen in L2). Are the P waves followed
by QRS complexes? Look for anomalously conducted or ectopic beats.
5 Measure the intervals: PR, QRS duration and QT interval (for the latter, consult
tables, but normal is less than 50% of the RR interval).
6 If the QRS complex is wide (> 3 small squares) consider the possibilities: LBBB,
RBBB, WPW or ventricular rhythm or beats. If the pattern is of LBBB, there is
no need in most cases to attempt further interpretation.
7 Estimate the QRS axis. In LAD, L1 and aVF diverge and L2 is predominantly
negative. In RAD, L1 and aVF converge, while L2 matters little. Indeterminate
axis is diagnosed when all six frontal leads are (more or less) equiphasic.
8 Check whether the criteria for LAHB or LAFB have been met.
9 Look for pathological Q waves. In general these are longer than 0.04 seconds
and are more than 25% of the size of the following R wave.
3• AN OVERVIEW OF CLINICAL ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY 115
10 Increased QRS voltages suggest LVH if:
• the height of the S wave in V1 added to the R wave in V5 or V6 is greater
than 35 mm (SV1 + RV5 or RV6 > 35 mm) or
• any R + S wave height in the V leads is greater than 45 mm or
• the R wave in aVL (RaVL) is greater than 13 mm or
• the R wave in L2 (R2) is greater than 15 mm.
If the ST segment and T wave are affected, it is reported as LVH with ST/T
changes or strain pattern.
In RVH, the R wave is larger than the S wave in V1.
11 Look for ST depression or elevation. ST depression may reflect strain pattern
rather than ischaemia, and ST elevation may be due to early repolarisation or
pericarditis rather than infarction.

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Cardiologist in yelahanka New Town, Bangalore •
ECG interpretation: points to remember
1 ECG reports should be short and based on clinical information where possible.
2 Check that the patient’s name is on the ECG and that the paper speed and
calibration markers are correct.
3 Measure or estimate the heart rate—3 large squares = 100/minute.
4 Establish the rhythm. Look for P waves (best seen in L2). Are the P waves followed
by QRS complexes? Look for anomalously conducted or ectopic beats.
5 Measure the intervals: PR, QRS duration and QT interval (for the latter, consult
tables, but normal is less than 50% of the RR interval).
6 If the QRS complex is wide (> 3 small squares) consider the possibilities: LBBB,
RBBB, WPW or ventricular rhythm or beats. If the pattern is of LBBB, there is
no need in most cases to attempt further interpretation.
7 Estimate the QRS axis. In LAD, L1 and aVF diverge and L2 is predominantly
negative. In RAD, L1 and aVF converge, while L2 matters little. Indeterminate
axis is diagnosed when all six frontal leads are (more or less) equiphasic.
8 Check whether the criteria for LAHB or LAFB have been met.
9 Look for pathological Q waves. In general these are longer than 0.04 seconds
and are more than 25% of the size of the following R wave

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Cardiologist in yelahanka New Town, Bangalore •
ECG interpretation: points to remember
1 ECG reports should be short and based on clinical information where possible.
2 Check that the patient’s name is on the ECG and that the paper speed and
calibration markers are correct.
3 Measure or estimate the heart rate—3 large squares = 100/minute.
4 Establish the rhythm. Look for P waves (best seen in L2). Are the P waves followed
by QRS complexes? Look for anomalously conducted or ectopic beats.
5 Measure the intervals: PR, QRS duration and QT interval (for the latter, consult
tables, but normal is less than 50% of the RR interval).
6 If the QRS complex is wide (> 3 small squares) consider the possibilities: LBBB,
RBBB, WPW or ventricular rhythm or beats. If the pattern is of LBBB, there is
no need in most cases to attempt further interpretation.
7 Estimate the QRS axis. In LAD, L1 and aVF diverge and L2 is predominantly
negative. In RAD, L1 and aVF converge, while L2 matters little. Indeterminate
axis is diagnosed when all six frontal leads are (more or less) equiphasic.
8 Check whether the criteria for LAHB or LAFB have been met.
9 Look for pathological Q waves. In general these are longer than 0.04 seconds
and are more than 25% of the size of the following R wave

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