Introduction to Electrocardiology and Cardiac Physiology

These lessons will introduce you to the key concepts of electrocardiology and ECG interpretation. Basic cardiac anatomy, cellular function, features of contractile and conduction cells, action potential, automaticity and the electrical conduction system is discussed in detail. These lectures are suitable for all healthcare professionals who need to interpret electrocardiograms (ECG). No prior knowledge of the topic is required.

Doctors, nurses, paramedics, assistant nurses, students and other professionals can take this course to learn key concepts in electrocardiology (cardiac physiology and anatomy). No prior knowledge is required. The course is comprehensive, yet easy and will guide the participant through all clinically relevant topics.

Topics covered in these lectures

  • Basic cardiac anatomy.
  • Cardiac cell types; cell architecture (the myocardial syncytium).
  • Characteristics of contractile cells and conduction cells.
  • The cardiac action potential: depolarization and repolarization.
  • Cardiac automaticity (intrinsic pacemakers).
  • The conduction system: sinoatrial (SA) node, internodal pathways, atrioventricular (AV) node, bundle of His, bundle branches and Purkinje fibers.
  • Basic hemodynamics.

Course Materials

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