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performing ECG

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AC interference
other electrical equiptment (cell phone, radio)
Angle of Louis
used in counting ribs, it is at the level of the second rib
Anterior axillary line
An imaginary vertical line starting at the edge of the chest where the armpit begins
artifact
additional electrical activity picked up by the electrocardiograph that interferes with the normal appearance of the ECG cycle
dextrocardia
abnormal condition where the heart is located toward the right side of the chest
intercostal space
The space between the ribs
midaxillary line
Imaginary vertical line drawn through the middle of the axilla (armpit), parallel to the midline.
midclavicular line
vertical line intersecting clavicle and running through or just medial to the nipple (2)
seizure
A sudden episode of involuntary muscular contractions and relaxation often accompanied by a change in sensation, behavior, and level of consciousness
somatic tremor
ARTIFACT THAT INDICATES MUSCLE MOVEMENT
STAT
Medical abbreviation for immediately; at this moment
suprasternal notch
Hollow, U-shaped depression just above the sterum, in between clavicles
wandering baseline
ARTIFACT THAT INDICATES WHEN THE STYLUS MOVES AWAY FORM THE CENTER OF THE PAPER
precordial
A type of lead placed on the chest in front of the heart, known as the V lead.
limb
an arm, leg, or wing
augmented
Normally small ECG lead tracings that are increaed in size by the ECG machine in order to be interpreted.
bipolar
a type of ECG lead that mesasures the flow of electrical current in two directions at the same time
unipolar
a type of ECG lead that measures the flow of electrical current in one direction only.