A positive impulse immediately following the R wave is called:
R prime (R')
S prime (S'), a double negative impulse immediately following the S wave is called double S prime (S").
Abnormal pacemaker sites bringing about irregular QRS complexes
SA node, an ectopic pacemaker in the atria, AV junction, bundle branches, Purkinje network, or ventricular myocardium
Causes of abnormal QRS complexes
Intraventricular conduction disturbance
Aberrant ventricular conduction
Ventricular ectopic or escape pacemaker
Ventricular pacing by cardiac pacemaker
Tall QRS complexes are generally caused by:
Hypertrophy of one or both ventricles
An abnormal pacemaker
Aberrantly conducted beat
Low voltage QRS complexes are usually caused by
Wide Bizarre QRS complexes (of supra ventricular origin) are often caused by
Often result from intraventricular conduction defect
Typically a result of right or left bundle branch block
May Produce/present on EKG how?
Premature depolarization of the ventricles
Occurs when an impulse arising from a supraventricular site travels through abnormal accessory conduction pathways to the ventricles
Wider than normal QRS complexes
Abnormal slurring at its onset (called the delta wave)
Cardiac pacemaker induced QRS complexes
Generally ≥ 0.12 seconds in width and appear bizarre
Preceding each pacemaker-induced QRS complex is a pacemaker spike
What are Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVC)?
Early beats that arise from the ventricles before SA node can fire
When does idioventricular rhythm occur?
Arises from the ventricles when stimuli from the SA node, AV junction fail to reach the ventricles or their rate falls to less than that of the ventricles.
May present as a wide QRS complex
How many PVCs in a row are considered VT?
3 or more in a row
May come in bursts of 6 to10 complexes or be sustained
What is it called when you have for example 3 PVCs, then 3 regular, then 3 PVCs then 3 regular for example
Explain the presentation of torsades de points
Appears as a series of QRS complexes that rotate about the baseline between upright deflections and downward deflections
This produces a "spindle-like" appearance of the ECG rhythm
What do wide, large (bizarre looking) QRS complexes indicate about the ventricles?
The ventricles are likely being paced by a ventricular focus.
Ventricular fibrillation causes the heart muscle to quiver, instead of contracting and pumping blood throughout the body.
what is considered the definitive treatment of vent. fib that must be delivered promptly?
Explain Ventricular Fibrillation on an EKG
Represents erratic firing of multiple sites in the ventricles
On ECG monitor it looks like a chaotic, wavy line with no discernible waveforms
Where do you start and end when measuring QRS complexes?
QRS complex starts where first wave of complex begins to move away from the baseline. It ends at the point where the last wave of the complex transitions into the ST segment.