ECG Case 010
90-year old patient found on the floor at home.
Describe and interpret this ECG
ECG ANSWER and INTERPRETATION
This ECG demonstrates classic features of hypothermia:
- Osborn waves (J waves) = notching at the J point seen in V2-6
- Long QT interval (~ 600 ms)
- Shivering artifact
The rhythm is probably sinus bradycardia — mapping out the RR intervals reveals a regular rhythm despite the obliteration of the baseline by the shiver artifact.
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Emergency Physician in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine in Sydney, Australia. He has a passion for ECG interpretation and medical education | ECG Library |
MBBS (UWA) CCPU (RCE, Biliary, DVT, E-FAST, AAA) Adult/Paediatric Emergency Medicine Advanced Trainee in Melbourne, Australia. Special interests in diagnostic and procedural ultrasound, medical education, and ECG interpretation. Editor-in-chief of the LITFL ECG Library. Twitter: @rob_buttner