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calculating heart rate

  1. 0 starting to learn ecg interpretation. Can anyone explain a good way to calculate heart rate from a ecg?
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  3. Visit  KBICU profile page
    Take a 6 second strip (used in most examples) and count full complexes, or R waves then multiply by 10. Theres another way which uses counting boxes but I think the other way above is the fastest.
  4. Visit  chare profile page
    If the rhythm is regular, you can use the box method. In my opinion, this is a more accurate method; however the difference is not likely to be that great.

    You can either count the small or large boxed between two consecutive R waves. If you use the large boxes, divide the number into 300. If you use the small boxes divide this number into 1500.
  5. Visit  samjoe profile page
    Thankyou. Can you use the 6 second strip method if the rhytm is iregular?
  6. Visit  KBICU profile page
    You can but its not as accurate since the next 6 second strip after it could have more or less beats. Its really just a quick way to get an idea of the HR...continuous ECG monitoring is the best for getting an exact heartrate

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