Reading ECGs

Assalamu Alaykum! (Peace be with you!)

It's my last week as a Senior Intern in Internal Medicine and this week, we had the chance (and honor) to accompany our Service Senior Resident, Dr. David Francisco on his ECG rounds. We went to the Central ECG Room where all the ECG requests and results are done, took the remaining unread ECG's and read them. Awesome, right! 

Dr. Fransisco teaching us how to read and interpret ECGs while us Senior interns are fooling around :p

I always had a hard time understanding ECG's before. Of course, before medschool, those lines were nothing but alien scriptures to me like everyone else! haha. But after studying Basic Clinical Cardiology (one of my "first loves") in LU4 and getting exposed to the wonders of electrophysiology of the heart, understanding the peaks and troughs, the elevations and the depressions of those lines, was simply amazing! I still can't believe a few weird lines could already tell a clinician what the heck is happening with his patient's heart! 

Anyway, after few years in PGH, I am still in the learning stage of ECG reading... I hope I could master this one skill someday, in sha Allah. Afterall, it is one of those things that a physician should know! No, maybe not on the Dr. Abarquez-level type (he could diagnose non-heart diseases just by looking at an ECG lead!!!) but just well enough for me to recognize important conditions and manage it somehow.

I still have a lot to learn. And the only way to do it, as our seniors and professors would say is Practice :)

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