The ECG Diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter
This course will improve your ability to accurately diagnose atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter on the ECG. We explain how the underlying pathogenic mechanisms generating these arrhythmias result in predictable findings on the ECG. We discuss the importance of the detection of irregularity of rhythm in the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. We explain the mechanism of decremental conduction by the AV node and teach you how to identify evidence of decremental conduction on the ECG in cases of atrial flutter. We illustrate the limitations of the computer interpretation (CI) reported on many ECG readouts in the diagnosis of these arrhythmias. We teach you the importance of overall clinical context and a high index of suspicion in diagnosing atrial flutter. We show you examples of conditions capable of mimicking atrial fibrillation on the ECG. In case studies, we show you how an experienced generalist approaches the ECG diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
Planner and Author: Dr. John Seery, MB, PhD
Planner: Karen Strahan, PhD (Cantab), Head of Editorial
Planner: Tommy O'Sullivan, CME Manager
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