The electrocardiogram or ECG is an essential and most commonly used tool for monitoring the functioning of the heart. As a consequence, clinical research professionals are required to understand the basics of an ECG in order to assess the study subject’s safety.
If you are a Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) or similar function and an ECG is not familiar to you, this course is ideal for you as it will provide you with a basic understanding of the conducting system of the heart and is provided by our expert cardiologist, Prof. Bosmans.
This first part will provide you with the basics of the nature of the electrocardiogram, concentrating on the reasons for the positioning of the leads, the nature of the electrical tracing and the various sections of a normal ECG tracing.
The second part of the course will cover disorders of heart rate and rhythm, concentrating on the most common abnormalities reported in trials. Disorders of conduction will be covered in reasonable depth, with dedicated sections on congenital and acquired disorders. In this section there will also be a detailed review of the QT interval covering its measurement, the various correction factors involved and the clinical implications of interval prolongation.
Finally other disorders of relevance will be covered, including acute and chronic ischaemic changes, heart failure and cardiomyopathy.
Course time09h00 - 17h00
Who should attend
This course is designed for non-medically qualified scientists working in the fields of clinical research and regulatory affairs. No previous knowledge is required.
- The nature of the electrocardiogram
- Disorders of heart rate and rhythm
- Disorders of conduction: congenital and acquired disorders - QT interval
- Other disorders including acute and chronic ischemic changes, heart failure and cardiomyopathy
- To understand the basic of cardiac electrophysiology
- To recognidse the different sections of the ECG trace
- To know the basic language used in ECG reports
- To detect some disorders of rate and rhythm
- To understand why the various intervals are measured, how they are reported and the clinical significance of major changes
- To see changes in the ECG suggestive of cardiac pathology