Holy Cardiac!!!

  1. Anyone have any tips for understanding and remembering EKC stuff (A-fib, A-flutter, ect) and functions of the heart (this opens and this closes, resulting in etc etc etc). I'm just so overwhelmed with this!
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  3. by   ann945n
    By best advice is to not memorize but figure out why. Example why would aortic stenosis be heard best at systole? cause thats when the blood is moving through the valve. hope that helps
  4. by   Daytonite
    http://www.anatimation.com/ecg.htm - ekg animation from anatimation.com. this website explains that phases of the heart beat through a series of webpages that include an animation of electrical conduction and blood flow through the heart. click on the links at the left side of the page to go to the various pages of diagrams or animation. includes a short glossary of terms associated with the cardiac cycle.

    http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/v...g/ecg/ecg.html - a very basic one page explanation of what the ekg waveform is and a little explanation about each one of the peaks.

    http://students.med.nyu.edu/erclub/ekgexpl0.html - er club. here is a short tutorial on how to read an ekg. click on the arrows at the bottom of each page to continue through the tutorial.

    http://www-medlib.med.utah.edu/kw/ecg/index.html - an excellent online tutorial with diagrams on everything you want to know about ekg interpretation from the university of utah school of medicine. also has quizzes! geared for physicians, but nurses can get information from this also.
    http://library.med.utah.edu/kw/ecg/e...ine/index.html

    http://www.kauaicc.hawaii.edu/nursin...l/tutorial.htm ekg interpretation for healthcare professionals from kaua'i community college nursing school
  5. by   nursemommyof3
    Awesome! Thanks to you both!
  6. by   cardiac.cure03
    I have this way of remembering the 2 types of 2nd deg heart blocks. Call me perverted if you will but...it worked for me!

    2nd deg heart block Type 1 (aka wenkebach): Sometimes it's hard to remember if wenkeback is type 1 or 2. I remember it's type 1 b/c when I think of wenkebach...I think of a weenkie (which is something men only have ONE of). And in wenkeback, the PR lengthens and lengthens till a QRS is dropped. I remember that b/c a weenkie lengthens and lengthens...

    Oh boy, can't believe I'm sharing this...

    Ok. And then there's 2nd deg heart block type 2 (aka mobitz). I remember that mobitz is type 2 b/c when I think of moBitz, I think of BooBs (which there are TWO of). And in type 2 mobitz, there are TWO (or more) P-waves to each QRS.

    I must blame my way of remembering things on my study groups
  7. by   AllyRN82
    This is a great thread!!! I just started on the cardiac floor in 3rd semester and we haven't covered any cardiac in lecture yet so thank you!!!!!!!
  8. by   Spatialized
    Remember your A & P about the heart. Just go back to the basics. What is going on physiologically with the heart and how it relates to the EKG waveforms? But also remember, cardiac is not just the heart, but circulation. So it's not just an EKG you're thinking about. As a student, unless you are required and have an interpretation test, learn what normal looks like and be able to spot what isn't normal and work from there. If you have to test, get studying...:smilecoffeecup: It will come with time and practice, be patient.
    Those links are great, if you want to get a little deeper, for a project, or after school check out www.icufaqs.org he's got some good stuff about EKGs, 12 Lead EKGs and heart block.

    Cheers,
    Tom
  9. by   NurseguyFL
    As a student, don't make yourself crazy trying to memorize every little detail about all this stuff now. Just focus on the A&P of the heart and the circulatory systen, the basics of electrophysiolgy, and how to identify the basic arrythmias. Thats all you'll need to know to pass the class, and you're not going to see complicated questions about any of this EKG stuff on NCLEX either. If you decide to go into tele or critical care when you become a nurse you'll have opportunities to get more advanced training in 3-, 4-, 5-, 12- and 15-lead EKGs, and you'll eventually find that it takes a lot of practice and experience to get really good at it.

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