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when you have ECG stripe in the question , what is the first thing you look at , which part and which lead
do we have to look first at the full leads (that is expressed in the whole 10 sec )or we just have to look at short indivisual leads?

I have problem in reading ECGs and would really be thankful if anyone give me ideas how to get better in that ?
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when you have ECG stripe in the question , what is the first thing you look at , which part and which lead
do we have to look first at the full leads (that is expressed in the whole 10 sec )or we just have to look at short indivisual leads?

I have problem in reading ECGs and would really be thankful if anyone give me ideas how to get better in that ?
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Reading an ECG the "proper" thorough way as in textbooks and the "real life" way is often different, at least for me.

For me, in reality when i look at an ECG its mainly this:
-rate
-are there p waves and is the pr roughly the same over time
-qrs duration
-st segments
-qt interval

and then if theres anything abnormal with these then it gets a closer looking at, but i rarely if ever bother with working out the axis or anything - likely due to bad habit

I guess if you got into the habit of, from the start, interpreting ECGs in the textbook way youd eventually be able to do it in a fast enough time as needed in the exam (and often in real life), so thats probably the better way to go. But theres few problems (at least urgent ones) that you wont pick up by going through the list above.
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thank you so much for both , the problem is that there is no time in exam and even in real life and my question is that first time i look at all of these things ( p , pr . st , ,,,,) should i look in all leads or i just look at the bottom of EKG , at lead , 2, V5 ????
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