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Syllabus For The Basic Level

INTRODUCTION
  • What is the ECG Academy?
ENGINEERING CONCEPTS
  • Basic electrical concepts – what is electricity
  • Electrical circuits
  • How we record electrical events
INTRO TO THE HEART
  • Cardiac tissues and electricity
  • Cardiac Action Potentials
  • 3-D Anatomy of the heart
  • Cardiac conduction system
  • Electrical events of the heart
ECG RECORDING BASICS
  • ECG recording systems
  • ECG electrode: correct placement
  • ECG electrodes: incorrect placement
  • Intrinsic problems with ECG systems: Artifacts
ECG LEAD BASICS
  • The basics of ECG “leads”
  • Frontal or Limb leads
  • Chest or Precordial leads
THE NORMAL ECG
  • The ECG signal: First impressions
  • Analyzing size and timing/duration of signals
  • Determining heart rate
  • ECG Interval measurements 1
  • ECG Interval measurements 2: Practice
NORMAL SINUS RHYTHM
  • Recognizing NSR
  • Sinus bradycardia / sinus tachycardia
  • Sinus arrhythmia
SINUS NODE DYSFUNCTION
  • Sinus bradycardia
  • Sinus pause / sinus arrest
  • SA Exit Block
AV NODE DYSFUNCTION
  • Basic concepts of AV block
  • First degree AV block
  • Second degree AV block
  • Third degree AV block
INTRAVENTRICULAR CONDUCTION DISTURBANCES
  • Concepts of intraventricular conduction
  • Types of IVCDs
  • Functional / Rate-related IVCDs: “Aberrant conduction”
PREMATURE BEATS
  • Concepts of premature beats
  • Atrial premature beats
  • Ventricular premature beats
  • Other premature beats
ATRIAL TACHYCARDIA
  • Definitions of atrial tachycardia
  • Sustained supraventricular tachycardia
  • Atrial tachycardia with AV Block
  • Atrial tachycardia with aberrant conduction
  • Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia / Wandering Atrial Pacemaker
ATRIAL FLUTTER
  • Diagnosing atrial flutter
  • Atrial flutter with 2:1 conduction
  • Unusual forms of atrial flutter
ATRIAL FIBRILLATION
  • Introduction to atrial fibrillation
  • Examples of atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial fibrillation with aberrant conduction
VENTRICULAR TACHYARRHYTHMIAS
  • Ventricular tachyarrhythmias - definitions
  • Accelerated idioventricular rhythm
  • Monomorphic ventricular tachycardia
  • Polymorphic VT / ventricular fibrillation
  • Approach to Wide Complex Tachycardia

Syllabus For The Intermediate Level

VECTORS AND ECG AXIS
  • Physiology of the QRS axis
  • Determining the axis
  • Causes of axis deviation
  • Other axis considerations / anatomical regions
ATRIAL ABNORMALITIES
  • P-wave axis
  • Left atrial abnormality
  • Right atrial abnormality / Biatrial abnormality
HYPERTROPHY
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy
  • Right ventricular hypertrophy
BUNDLE BRANCH BLOCKS
  • Right bundle branch block
  • Left bundle branch block
  • Other IVCDs
HEMIBLOCKS
  • Introduction to hemiblocks
  • Left anterior hemiblock
  • Left posterior hemiblock / septal hemiblock
  • Bifascicular block
ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE
  • Coronary anatomy and physiology
  • Coronary events and the ECG
  • Ischemia and myocardial infarction
  • More examples of ischemia and infarction
OTHER ST ABNORMALITIES
  • "Secondary" ST abnormalities
  • "Primary" and non-specific ST abnormalities
  • Pericarditis and early repolarization
MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS IN ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY
  • Low voltage / Lead reversal
  • Electrolyte / metabolic disturbances
  • Introduction to pacemakers

Syllabus for the Advanced Level

Note: Initially a limited number of topics will be available. Topics in light blue will be released in 2017.

BASICS OF ELECTROPHYSIOLOGIC TESTING
  • Introduction to Electrophysiologic Testing
  • EP Electrograms
  • His Bundle Recordings
  • Atrial/Ventricular Pacing and PES
  • Refractory Periods
MECHANISMS OF ARRHYTHMIAS
  • Disorders of impulse generation
  • Disorders of impulse conduction
  • Reentry
  • Abnormal automaticity
  • Triggered activity
ADVANCED SINUS NODE CONCEPTS
  • Sinus Node Physiology
  • Sinus Node Dysfunction
  • Tachy-Brady Syndrome
  • SA Exit Block
  • EP Testing: Sinus CL and SNRT
  • EP Testing: SACT and Intrinsic Heart Rate
ADVANCED AV NODE CONCEPTS
  • AV Node Physiology
  • First Degree AV Block
  • Second Degree AV Block
  • Third Degree AV Block
  • EP Testing: His Bundle Electrograms
  • EP Testing: "Level of the Block"
  • Evaluating "Trifascicular Block"
  • Advanced Concepts in AV Node Anatomy
ATRIAL ARRHYTHMIAS
  • Distinguishing different types of atrial flutter
  • "Common" vs. "Uncommon" Atrial Flutter
  • "Atypical" Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Fibrillation Revisited
  • Automatic versus reentry atrial tachycardia
  • “Triggered” atrial arrhythmias
PAROXYSMAL SUPRAVENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA
  • Introduction to PSVT
  • AV Nodal Reentry
  • New Concepts in AVNRT
  • P-wave Timing and AVNRT
  • EP Testing and Ablation
PRE-EXCITATION (WPW Syndrome)
  • Physiologic basis for pre-excitation
  • Location of accessory pathways
  • Relating 12-lead ECGs to pre-excitation
  • Orthodromic AV Reentry Tachycardia
  • Antidromic AV Reentry Tachycardia
  • Atrial Fibrillation and WPW
WIDE QRS TACHYCARDIAS
  • VT Versus SVT with Aberrancy
  • AV dissociation and "Capture Beats"
  • Analyzing QRS Morphology
  • Causes of Aberrancy
ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN VENTRICULAR ARRHYTHMIAS
  • Distinguishing automatic versus reentry
  • Identification of VT site of origin
  • Exercise-Induced VT
  • Brugada Syndrome
IDIOPATHIC VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA SYNDROMES
  • “Idiopathic” ventricular arrhythmias
  • VT arising from right ventricular outflow tract
  • Arrhythmogenic RV Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy
  • Idiopathic left ventricular (Belhassen’s) tachycardia
LONG QT SYNDROME
  • Electrophysiologic events of the cardiac cycle
  • Genetic basis for Long QT Syndrome
  • Types of Congenital Long QT Syndrome
  • Torsades de pointes
  • Drug-induced long QT syndrome
INTRODUCTION TO PACEMAKERS
  • Types of pacemakers
  • Single Chamber Timing Cycles
  • Dual Chamber Timing Cycles
  • Pacemaker Troubleshooting
  • Examples of Normal and Abnormal Pacer Function

And More to come!

 


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