Students in this course will advance their knowledge in ECG recognition and evaluation, 12-lead electrocardiogram and pacemaker ECG evaluation. A detailed examination of cellular mechanisms, conduction, pathology and the disease processes responsible for irregularities of the heart rate are presented. Special attention is directed to methods of determining axis, rate, rhythm, myocardial damage, and conduction disturbances, as well as understanding pacemaker behavior.
This online Learning Hub (D2L) course is for students in the Cardiology Diploma or Cardiac Sciences Cardiovascular Technology Option program. Students are responsible for ensuring prerequisite courses are completed PRIOR to registration. See course description for a list of individual prerequisites. IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is available on an individual course basis for those who wish to take continuing education credits. Registration does not imply admission to the program. This course may be subject to cancellation if registration numbers are low.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Explain the action potential in each part of the conduction system including the principle ions involved.
Define automaticity, excitability, conductivity, contractility and refractoriness of cardiac tissue.
Differentiate aspects of the conduction system from the SA node, AV node, Bundle of His, bundle branches through to the Purkinje Network.
Identify ECG criteria of conduction abnormalities including SA block, Sick Sinus Syndrome, AV block, fascicular block and BBB.
Explain the mechanisms and treatment options of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
Explain the mechanisms and ECG characteristics of various escape rhythms.
List rhythm abnormalities related to valvular pathology.
Describe ECG changes possibly associated with left and right ventricular hypertrophy as well as endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, various congenital defects and acquired syndromes.
Describe the effect of electrolyte imbalances on the conduction system.
Define mechanisms of tachyarrhythmia, such as, accessory pathways, re-entry, abnormal automaticity, pre- excitation.
Identify various tachyarrhythmia on ECG.
Identify indications for and methods of implanting loop recorders (ILR), pacemakers, implantable defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization (CRT) devices.
Recognize normal and abnormal single and dual chamber pacemaker function.
Explain pacemaker functions such as sensing, capturing, rate response and upper rate behaviours.
Define common programmable parameters and timing cycles.
List features of lead technology.
Identify the therapeutic and diagnostic indications for electrophysiology (EP) testing.
Identify EP test intervals and cycle lengths.
Effective as of Winter 2019
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