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The electrocardiogram in Primary Care Pediatrics (I). General aspects, indications and systematic interpretation


Pérez-Lescure Picarzo Ja, Echávarri Olavarría Fb

aUnidad de Cardiología Infantil. Servicio de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario Fundación Alcorcón. Alcorcón, Madrid. España.

Correspondence: J Pérez-Lescure. Email:

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Pérez-Lescure Picarzo J, Echávarri Olavarría F. El electrocardiograma en Pediatría de Atención Primaria (I). Aspectos generales, indicaciones e interpretación sistemática. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2005;7:277-302..

Published in Internet: 30/06/2005


Electrocardiography is the method of choice for non-invasive diagnosis of arrhythmia being a procedure easy to perform, fast, not expensive and a procedure often available for the primary care paediatrician. Interpretation requires considering the normal changes with age brought about by the physiological variations that occur in the circulatory system. In order to interpret paediatric electrocardiograms, the age of the patient and a table of normal values are essential. This article outlines general concepts of paediatric ECGs, shows a systematic approach for interpretation and includes tables of normal values. Primary care paediatricians do not need a vast knowledge on electrophysiology but to distinguish between a normal and a pathological ECG.

Keywords: Electrocardiography. Diagnostic techniques and procedures. Heart diseases.

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