Electrocardiography and Cardiac Arrythmology


The main purpose of the curricular unit is the achievement of a significant knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

1. Analysis and interpretation of the electrocardiogram;
2. Electrocardiographic diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction, ventricular hypertrophy, ventricular pre-excitation, sinus node dysfunction, atrioventricular blocks, intraventricular conduction disturbances, supraventricular and ventricular extrasystoles, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, atrial tachycardia, atrioventricular node reentrant tachycardia, atrioventricular taquicardia mediated through a retrograde conducting accessory pathway and ventricular tachyarrhythmias;
3. The differential diagnosis of wide and narrow QRS complex tachycardias;
4. The differential diagnosis of cardiac bradyarrhythmias.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to read and interpret the ECG and to perform the differential diagnosis of cardiac bradyarrhythmias and cardiac tachyarrhythmias.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Eduardo Antunes


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Teaching language





Wagner GS, Strauss DG, MarriottÂ’s Practical Electrocardiography. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013

Wang K. Atlas of Electrocardiography. 1st ed. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2012

Goldberger AL, Goldberger ZD, Shvilkin A. Clinical Electrocardiography: A Simplified Approach. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Saunders; 2013

Teaching method

The Curricular Unit involves theoretical-practical lessons and is based on an integrated, interactive teaching model. The 28 hour-course will be taught in two hour sessions, once a week.

Evaluation method

The final evaluation consists of a multiple choice exam with 20 questions to answer in 40 minutes max.

Subject matter

1. Fundamentals of electrocardiography;
2. Electrocardiographic diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular pathologies;
3. Analysis and interpretation of the 12-lead ECG;
4. Electrocardiographic diagnosis of atrial arrhythmias;
5. Electrocardiographic diagnosis of regular tachycardias with narrow QRS complexes;
6. Analysis and interpretation of the 12-lead ECG;
7. Pre-excitation syndromes;
8. Electrocardiographic diagnosis of tachycardias with wide QRS complexes;
9. Analysis and interpretation of the 12-lead ECG;
10. Cardiac bradyarrhythmias;
11. Intraventricular conduction disturbances;
12. Specificities;
13. Analysis and interpretation of the 12-lead ECG;
14. Analysis and interpretation of the 12-lead ECG.
15. Review and final evaluation preparation.


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