Basic Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation

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This course teaches the basic concepts of ECG interpretation, as well as a basic approach to reading ECGs. Unlike other basic ECG courses that limit their ECG topics, Basic ECG Interpretation covers most topics needed to read an ECG, but in an abridged format. It is a beginner’s course but does not skimp on the number of topics presented. Basic ECG Interpretation pairs well with Basic Arrhythmia Interpretation and can be bundled for a 15% savings. Other bundles also available.

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Basic ECG Interpretation is a full beginner’s ECG course. This course teaches basic ECG reading and a simple step-by-step approach to ECG interpretation. You will learn all ECG criteria, but without being bogged down by the complex physiology.

The course is 1 hour long and shows simple methods for recognizing ECG abnormalities and understanding the ECG criteria. The course finishes with a straightforward and easy approach to reading ECGs from start to finish. This approach is demonstrated on a practice ECG. In total, there are 14 short videos. Each video can be re-watched as many times as you want can be re-watched as many times as you want to help solidify the information. The course is accessible 24/7 on any device for an entire year. Videos are succinct, with detailed illustrations and audio descriptions that go at a gentle pace for better comprehension. The videos are set up to feel as if a cardiologist is giving you one-on-one instruction.

Basic ECG Interpretation includes a Certificate of Completion, which can be presented to your workplace or institution to demonstrate competency. This course is not available for CME. Basic ECG Interpretation pairs well with Basic Arrhythmia Interpretation and can be bundled for a 15% savings. Other bundles are also available.

Topics include:

  • Lead placement
  • The ECG waves (P, Q, QRS, ST, and T)
  • Impulse conduction through the heart
  • Determining the QRS axis
  • The ECG layout
  • Left and right atrial abnormalities
  • Left and right ventricular hypertrophy
  • Left and right bundle branch blocks
  • Left anterior and posterior fascicular blocks
  • Myocardial ischemia
  • Myocardial infarction
  • ST and T wave changes
  • Prolonged QT intervals
  • Electrolyte abnormalities
  • Drug effects
  • Wolff Parkinson White (WPW)
  • Low QRS voltage
  • Artifact
  • A basic step-by-step approach to reading an ECG
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What's Covered In This Course?

  • Basic ECG Criteria
  • ECG waves, and most common ECG abnormalities
  • A Simple Step-by-Step Approach to Reading ECGs
  • Learn Basic ECG Interpretation in only 1 Hours
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Syllabus

1. Basic ECG Interpretation

Basic ECG Interpretation - ECG Fundamentals Basic ECG Interpretation - ECG Criteria
Basic ECG Interpretation - Basic Cardiac Rhythms

Although this material is covered in the arrhythmia section of this course, this video gives a great summary of normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms in a single, short video.

6:47
Basic ECG Interpretation - Left and Right Atrial Abnormality

This video teaches a quick and easy way to identify left and right atrial abnormality.

1:47
Basic ECG Interpretation - Left and Right Ventricular Hypertrophy

This chapter teaches how to identify left and right ventricular hypertrophy on the ECG. It also describes secondary ST and T wave changes that might accompany these conditions.

4:19
Basic ECG Interpretation - Bundle Branch Blocks, Conduction Delays, and Fascicular Blocks

This video teaches how to identify left and right bundle branch blocks, non-specific intraventricular conduction delays, and left anterior- and left posterior-fascicular blocks.

7:07
Basic ECG Interpretation - Myocardial Ischemia and Infarction

This important lesson shows how to identify myocardial ischemia and myocardial infarctions. It shows how to diagnose an acute myocardial infarction and then goes through the evolutionary ST and T changes that occur over time. You'll learn to recognize acute, recent, age-undetermined, and old myocardial infarctions on the ECG.

7:08
Basic ECG Interpretation - ST and T Wave Changes

This lesson teaches the differences between primary ST and T wave changes, as seen in ischemia, from secondary ST and T wave changes, as seen in conditions like left ventricular hypertrophy.

3:11
Basic ECG Interpretation - Low QRS Voltage

This video teaches you to recognize low QRS voltage and then gives you a brief differential diagnosis of urgent/emergent conditions that cause low QRS voltage. This is important to recognize since some of the causes of low voltage are life-threatening and need immediate attention.

1:50
Basic ECG Interpretation - ECG Changes From Electrolyte Abnormalities

This video teaches about ECG changes from hyperkalemia, hypokalemia, hypercalcemia, and hypocalcemia.

3:09
Basic ECG Interpretation - Drug Effects on the ECG and Prolonged QT Interval

This video goes over the effects of digoxin on the ECG and reviews several medication classes that prolong the QT interval.

2:02
Basic ECG Interpretation - ECG Changes from Wolff Parkinson White (WPW)

This section teaches how to identify the ECG changes from preexcitation and Wolff Parkinson White (WPW) Syndrome.

1:26
Basic ECG Interpretation - Guidelines to Reading ECGs Final Section for Credit

Who This Course Is For

Every ECG reader needs to start somewhere and this is the place! This full, but abridged, ECG Interpretation course is for anyone new to ECG. It is simpler than those confusing textbooks and more complete than most ECG video courses.

Best for:

  • Beginning Medical Student
  • Medical Interns
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • EMTs
  • Paramedics
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Students Interested in Medicine

Sample Course Videos

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Feedback From Our Subscribers

Alan Ghaly, DO, FACC Verified Subscriber
five star rating
Informative and easy to understand!

I had the pleasure of being lectured about electrocardiogram interpretation by Dr. Siegal during my cardiology training. These videos are just like his lectures - informative and easy to understand in a field that can be intimidating. I wish I had these videos during my medical school and training years.

V. Richardson Verified Subscriber
five star rating
Great visual examples

The videos are great for people who are visual and audio learners. They go at a pace that is easy to understand and there are good visual examples.

Michael Friedman, DO, Assistant Professor, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Verified Subscriber
five star rating
Dr. Siegal shared his knowledge

"Dr. Siegal is a doctor's doctor. He has taken his clinical knowledge and experience and thankfully shared it with us in an informative and well written video."