The electrocardiogram (ECG) is arepresentation of the electrical events of thecardiac cycle.Each event has a distinctive waveform, thestudy of which can lead to greater insight into a patient¶s cardiac pathophysiology.
What types of pathology can we identifyand study from ECGs?
ArrhythmiasMyocardial ischemia and infarctionPericarditisChamber hypertrophyElectrolyte disturbances (i.e. hyperkalemia,hypokalemia)Drug toxicity (i.e. digoxin and drugs which prolongthe QT interval)