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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.

3. Practical guidelines


THIS final article in the series outlines a step-by-step approach to interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs) and describes the significance of the various P-QRS-T morphologies which may be seen on a trace. It concludes by providing practical guidance on recording an ECG and outlines the measures that can be taken to reduce artefacts on ECG traces. The first two articles in this series reviewed the electrical activity of the heart (Martin 2002a) and described the abnormalities associated with the conduction system of the heart (Martin 2002b).

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