Heart arrhythmia describes an abnormally beating heart.
The abnormal condition may be a heart rate that is too slow or too fast, or the rhythm may be irregular.
While there are several types of tests for heart arrhythmia, we are focused on electrocardiogram (EKG) studies. In the paragraphs below we summarize the arrhythmia training tools offered on this website:
This short course present lessons on calculating heart rate from an EKG tracing, assessing cardiac rhythm, observing P-wave forms, and measurement of intervals and segments. Quizzes are available to allow users to practice each teaching point.
Try our heart arrhythmia practice strips to gain confidence and speed in arrhythmia interpretation. After each answer, scoring and detailed coaching is provided. With 100+ EKG strips, this drill can be repeated many times.
The heart arrhythmia quiz consists twenty EKGs that require assessment. With each answer, feedback is given. A report with all twenty questions and correct answers is provided at the completion of the quiz.
Practice reading EKG's from a moving waveform using this quiz.
Arrhythmias can be classified by their origin (atria or ventricles) and by heart rate.
A fast (over 100 beats per minute) heart rate is called tachycardia. Tachycardias can originate in the atria or ventricles.
Bradycardia describes slow heart rates (under 60 beats per minute). A slow heart rate may be normal, for example in athletes. In other patients, it may be a sign of an abnormal heart condition.
Premature Beat is a term that describes an extra beat, occurring earlier than normal.
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