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Companion Animal Practice
ECG interpretation in small animals
  1. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin graduated from Dublin in 1986. In 1997, he founded his own cardiorespiratory referral practice, the Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Centre, in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. He holds the certificate and diploma in veterinary cardiology and is an RCVS Specialist in Cardiology. He is the current chairman of the Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Society and is a past recipient of the BSAVA's Dunkin and Melton Awards.

2. Abnormalities in the conduction system


ABNORMALITIES in the conduction system of the heart are associated with faults in either the generation of the impulse from the sinoatrial node or abnormalities in conduction through specialised tissues such as the atrioventricular node, the bundle of His or the Purkinje system. This article describes the clinical findings on auscultation and palpation of the pulse relating to these abnormalities and how these translate to the complexes seen on an electrocardiogram (ECG). An article in the last issue discussed the electrical activity of the heart. A third article, to be published in the next issue, will outline a practical approach to interpreting ECGs.

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