ECG iPhone app educates on potential life-saving scan

Nov 3, 2009
Health

It’s time to pull out that trusty medical dictionary. If you are a medical student specializing in cardiology, or you or a loved one is suffering from a serious heart arrhythmia, download the ECG Calipers iPhone app. Otherwise, leave it to the experts. The ECG app is a textbook-like instruction guide to the electrocardiogram (known […]

It’s time to pull out that trusty medical dictionary. If you are a medical student specializing in cardiology, or you or a loved one is suffering from a serious heart arrhythmia, download the ECG Calipers iPhone app. Otherwise, leave it to the experts.

The ECG app is a textbook-like instruction guide to the electrocardiogram (known commonly as ECG or EKG), “the most noninvasive test available for the interpretation of cardiac rhythms, conduction system abnormalities and detection of myocardial ischemia.”

Did you get all that? Neither did I, but despite the foreign vocabulary, I did manage learn some interesting facts about the heart and the ECG. For example, the ECG is used to diagnose ST elevation MI, major ST depression during a stress test, Worlff-Parkinson-White syndrome and Brugada syndrome.

In the waves and intervals section, there is a detailed explanation of how the various waves and intervals are measured. Want to see what that would all look like? The app provides visual examples of what each arrhythmia.

When you are finished with your studies, it is time to test your knowledge. The app provides five ECG exams, including true or false, multiple choice and identify the rhythm strip.

So next time you need brush up on your ECG expertise, you know where to turn.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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