Ok so here is the first ECG chart
Try to figure out what it is before peeking down for the answer!
Hint: Always first figure out the rate & rythym
Bingo! - The rate is SLOW = Bradycardia
Now lets look at the solved ECG
This is a simple method to calculate the rate. Every big box (5 small boxes) right next to the QRS peak is numbered accordingly - 300, 150, 100, 75, 60, 50 and so on. Till the next QRS peak. Here the next QRS lies way after 50 ... definitely Severe bradycardia. If the next peak was at say 75 - the rate would have been 75 beats per min.
MANAGEMENT OF BRADYCARDIA
- The first step was technically what we did, ECG.
- If the person is stable, figure out cause of bradycardia
- If patient is unstable - Atropine is the best initial test
- The most effective treatment is - Pacemaker
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