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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Understanding Simple ECG

Lecture Name

Understanding Simple ECG     $44.93

This lecture is part of the following course:
Arrhythmia & ECG Interpretations for Healthcare Professionals


Understanding the electrocardiogram (ECG) requires a basic understanding of the electrophysiology and anatomy of the heart and conduction system, an appreciation of the ECG waveforms and a certain amount of practice in the systematic review of 12 lead and single lead ECG rhythm strips. This course is designed to help individuals determine whether an ECG tracing represents a benign or life threatening situation and to be able to make appropriate clinical decisions based on this determination.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 1.50


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify benign arrhythmias, including premature atrial contractions and sinus arrhythmias.
  2. Identify serious or life-threatening arrhythmias, including paired or triplet premature ventricular contractions.
  3. Differentiate between benign and life threatening arrhythmias.
  4. Differentiate between atrial, nodal and ventricular arrhythmias, including their significance for activity.
  5. Measure heart rate from a single lead rhythm strip to compare to a digital reading.
  6. Make appropriate clinical decisions regarding activity based upon determination of arrhythmias.
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