The ability to identify a bundle branch block pattern on the ECG, and to assess its clinical relevance, is a key skill in general medicine. In this course, we will teach you how to distinguish between complete right bundle branch block and complete left bundle branch block on the ECG. We will show you the abnormal events in the heart which are thought to produce the predictable ECG changes associated with both of these entities. We teach you how to identify right- and left-incomplete bundle branch block on the ECG. You will also learn how to identify ECG patterns believed to reflect damage to multiple components of the cardiac conducting system; bifascicular and trifascicular block. We will teach you how to identify the likely site of origin, within the ventricles, of a premature ventricular contraction.
Planner and Author: Dr John Seery MB PhD
Planner: Dr Karen Strahan PhD (University of Cambridge), Head of Editorial
Planner: Tommy O'Sullivan, CME Manager
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