ECGs: don't shrink from ECGs: Part 2 – ECG interpretation made easy for psychiatrists

by Dr Luke Solomons, Dr Jim Crabb, Dr Adrian Treloar and Dr E. Naomi Smith

 

Last reviewed: January 2017

 

In this second module of our two-part series on simplifying ECG interpretation for psychiatrists, we look at an aspect of the ECG that has attracted a great deal of attention in published literature – the QT interval.

 

This is important, given the propensity of many psychotropics to prolong the QT interval, and evidence to suggest that sudden death is much more common in the mentally unwell (Ray, 2001).

 

We also look at the axis, QRS complex, the ST segment – important in acute ischaemic events – and the T wave.

 

In the second section, we look at medication and physiology that can affect the ECG, thereby correlating our learning to everyday practice.

 

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ECGs: don't shrink from ECGs: Part 1 – ECG interpretation made easy for psychiatrists by Dr Luke Solomons, Dr Jim Crabb, Dr Adrian Treloar and Dr E. Naomi Smith

 

Essentials of Physical Health in Psychiatry (book from RCPsych Publications)

 

 

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