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The electrocardiogram in the primary care office.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16326219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) graphically displays the heart's electrical activity. It is the most common clinical tool for detection and diagnosis of heart disease, and is especially useful for detecting conditions related to abnormalities of cardiac rhythm. ECG should be considered in patients who have known cardiovascular disease or an increased risk for it. The responsibility for correctly interpreting an ECG lies with the physician, who should be able to recognize patient-dependent errors, operator-dependent errors, and artifact. Current ECG tracings should always be compared with previous tracings. Following a specific routine and methodical analysis of the data will ensure an accurate interpretation result. In the worst-case scenario, they can always be faxed or transmitted for inter-consultation with a more experienced reader.
Pranav M Patel; Wen-Chih Wu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Primary care     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0095-4543     ISO Abbreviation:  Prim. Care     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-05     Completed Date:  2006-03-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0430463     Medline TA:  Prim Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  901-30, vi     Citation Subset:  IM    
Brown Medical School, Providence, RI 02908, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Office Visits
Primary Health Care / methods*
United States

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