Placement of electrodesElectrodes-
usually consist of a conducting gel, embedded in the middle of a self-adhesive pad onto which cables clip. Ten electrodes are used for a 12-lead ECG.
The limb electrodes
RA - On the right arm, avoiding thick muscleLA - In the same location that RA was placed, buton the left arm this time.RL - On the right leg, lateral calf muscleLL- In the same location that RL was placed, buton the left leg this time.
The 6 chest electrodes
V1 - Fourth intercostal space, right sternal border.V2 - Fourth intercostal space, left sternal border.V3 - Midway between V2 and V4.V4 - Fifth intercostal space, left midclavicular line.V5 - Level with V4, left anterior axillary line.V6 - Level with V4, left mid axillary line.
the tracing of the voltage difference between two of the electrodes and is what is actually produced by the ECG recorder.Limb leadsLimb leads refer to lead I, II and III.Lead I - voltage between LA & RALead II - voltage between LL & RALead III - voltage between LL & LAThese three are the only bipolar leads (have one+ve & one -ve pole)Einthoven's triangle = triangle formed by the limbleads.Augmentedlimb leadsaVR, aVL, aVF (also derived from RA, LA, LL, they measure the electric potential at onepoint with respect to a null point)PrecordialleadsV1, V2, V3, V4, V5 and V6 (Because of their close proximity to the heart, they do notrequire augmentation)These leads help to determine heart’s electrical axis. The limb leads and the augmented limb leads form the frontal plane. The precordial leads form the horizontalplane.
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