Home > Cardiology > Prone positioning alters electrocardiogram

Prone positioning alters electrocardiogram

JAMA Internal Medicine
Reuters Health - 29/09/2020 - Electrocardiography performed on patients in prone positioning can yield electrocardiograms (ECGs) with findings suggestive of an infarct, according to a case report and review. "Body positioning of ECG placement can have a large impact on ECG tracings and their interpretation," Dr. Henry D. Huang of Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, told Reuters Health by email. "12-leads obtained in the prone position should be clearly annotated to avoid confusion when possible." Mechanical ventilation in a prone position is increasingly used to treat acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. ECG recorded through leads placed in analogous positions on the back avoids the necessity of placing the patient in a potentially harmful supine position. Dr. Huang and colleagues describe the case of a morbidly obese woman in her 50s with obstructive sleep apnea who was admitted to the intensive care ...

Please login to read the full text of the article.

If you have no account yet, please register now.

Posted on