how remember ECG changes in electrolyte imbalance

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    Hi

    can you help me how remember electrocardiographic changes in electrolyte imbalance?
    hypocalcemia,hpercalcemia,hypokalemia,hyperkalemia ,hypomagnesemia,hypermagnesemia?
    please help.thanks
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    rule of thumb. an increase or decrease will cause arrhythmias. increase will increase bp and a decrease will decrease bp
    thatdiva216 and MomenTs like this.
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    I don't think there is an easy way to remember each one.
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    Hypocalcemia- Prolonged ST and QT intervals

    Hypercalcemia- shortened ST segment
    - widened T wave

    Hypokalemia- ST depression
    - shallow, flat, inverted T wave
    - Prominent U wave

    Hyperkalemia- Tall, peaked T waves
    - Flat P waves
    - widened QRS complex
    - Prolonged PR interval

    Hypomagnesemia- Tall T waves
    - Depressed ST segment

    Hypermagnesemia- Prolonged PR interval
    - widened QRS complexes


    thought this might help...i dont know of any shortcuts though...
    thatdiva216, BettyBoo706, jadu1106, and 9 others like this.
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    If you go further and make a table, You'll see some similarities and differences and I hope itíll help to remember.:wink2:
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    I BELIEVE THE BEST WAY TO REMEMBER IS TO UNDERSTAND WHY THE CHANGES OCCUR AND SEEING EXAMPLES. i HAVE A TEACHING WEB SITE WHICH CONTAINS A POWER POINT PRESENTATION ON BASIC EKG AND EARLY IN THE PROGRAM IS AN INTERNAL LINK TO ELECTROLYTE INDUCED EKG CHANGES. i HAVE USED THE programs TO TEACH NURSING AND MEDICAL STUDENTS. tHE SITE ALSO HAS AUSCULTATION PROGRAMS AND A SELF TEACHING VIRTUAL PEDIATRIC PATIENT

    https://www1.columbia.edu/sec/itc/hs...ds_cardiology/

    This for anyones use. I would appreciate feed back as to its usefulness and suggestions as I am constantly trying to improve the site.
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    thank you very much, but i could not open click here >> "internet explorer has restricted this webpage from running scripts..." i will try tomorrow.
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    It opens just fine and thank you for sharing it with the students that are here.
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    hi! hope this will help you...
    first, think of the normal ECG first...i made a poster that's really big and put it in my wall so i can see it always...
    think how it starts and end...so it starts with P followed by Q R S T

    so let's start from where it begins...

    P flat
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    hi! hope this will help you...
    first, think of the normal ecg first...i made a poster that's really big and put it in my wall so i can see it always...
    think how it starts and end...so it starts with p followed by q r s t

    so let's start from where it begins...

    p flat hyperkalemia

    pr prolonged hyperkalemia hypermagnesemia
    qrs widened hyperkalemia hypermagnesemia

    qt prolonged hypocalcemia
    st prolonged hypocacemia

    st shortened hypercalcemia

    st depressed hypokalemia hypomagnesemia

    t widened hypercalcemia

    t tall hyperkalemia hypomagnesemia

    t inverted hypokalemia
    shallow, flat

    u prominent hypokalemia
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