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Electrocardiographic crotchets or common errors made in the interpretation of the electrocardiogram.
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PMID:  9541767     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Irritating errors are called crotchets. This paper discusses the following electrocardiographic crotchets: memorizing patterns rather than using basic principles, failure to use the electrocardiogram as a diagnostic tool, failure to correlate all available data, failure to appreciate the limitation of the computer interpretation, failure to appreciate the diagnostic value of P-wave abnormalities, the identification and misuse of abnormal Q waves, the misuse of left or right axis deviation of the QRS complexes, the misuse of the amplitude of the QRS complexes as a sign of left ventricular hypertrophy, identification of left ventricular hypertrophy, failure to identify uncomplicated and complicated bundle-branch block, failure to identify secondary and primary T-wave abnormalities, failure to identify secondary and primary S-T abnormalities, and lack of knowledge of the U waves.
J W Hurst
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical cardiology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0160-9289     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Cardiol     Publication Date:  1998 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-21     Completed Date:  1998-05-21     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903272     Medline TA:  Clin Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis
Diagnosis, Differential
Diagnostic Errors
Electrocardiography* / standards
Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / diagnosis
Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis
Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
Comment In:
Clin Cardiol. 1998 Jun;21(6):456   [PMID:  9631280 ]

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