Pediatric ECG Reading Method

Electrocardiography is typically the first cardiac test ordered in adult and pediatric patients presenting with potential cardiac abnormalities. Pediatric patients have unique physiology that rapidly changes from fetal to infant ages and then throughout childhood. These physiologic changes are reflected by changes in the electrocardiogram. In this lesson, we will review the basic principles and findings on the pediatric electrocardiogram.

You will learn:

  • To discuss the basic principles of the cardiac electrical conduction system
  • To recognize the formation of the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • To recall the changes in physiology that occur in the normal newborn heart and how this is exhibited in the pediatric ECG

Author(s): Jeff Vergales, MD, Jeremy Middleton, MD, Michael McCulloch, MD

Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes

Credit hours: .75

Method and Medium: Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.

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