We provide several ways to practice EKG strip interpretation:
- Practice Drills
- ECG Quiz
- ECG Guide
- ECG Basic Training Lessons
Each of these training methods is summarized below.
How Electrocardiograms Work - ECG Strips
To briefly summarize the components of a normal EKG strip, it consist of components which indicate electrical events during one heart beat. These waveforms are labeled P, Q, R, S, T and U.
P wave is the first short upward movement of the ECG tracing. It indicates that the atria are contracting, pumping blood into the ventricles.
The QRS complex, normally beginning with a downward deflection, Q; a larger upwards deflection, a peak (R); and then a downwards S wave. The QRS complex represents ventricular depolarization and contraction.
The PR interval indicates the transit time for the electrical signal to travel from the sinus node to the ventricles.
T wave is normally a modest upwards waveform representing ventricular repolarization.
EKG Practice Strips and Drills
Using multiple choice questions and answers, users are asked to identify arrhythmia tracings. Digital calipers are available to assist in analyzing each EKG practice strip. Feedback is provided after each response.
EKG Practice Strips