This week is Heart Rhythm Week, with a focus on identifying undiagnosed people who have an irregular heartbeat.
To see if you have an irregular heartbeat, you of course have to take your pulse, and the Arrhythmia Alliance have instructions and instructions for children, along with other educational resources.
Here are some other resources about arrhythmia:
- NHS Choices, arrhythmia, with brief details of the main sorts of arrhythmia and links to other NHS resources.
- NICE, everything they have produced about heart rhythm conditions.
- British Heart Foundation.
- European Heart Rhythm Association, including guidelines, a key messages app, and the “White Book” about electrophysiology and ICDs.
- American Heart Association, who also have some animations. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have animations as well.
For electrophysiology in general you could start with Dr John M, a Kentucky based cardiac Electrophysiologist.
And for ECGs of arrhythmias and other conditions, you could start with Life in the Fast Lane or Patient.info.
Now I can spell “rhythm” and “arrhythmia”...
Postscript: In the library I found "Making sense of the ECG", 4th ed., by Houghton and Gray. in the list of resources are:
ECGpedia - tutorials, a textbook, reference cards, case of the month... maintained by Jonas de Jong, a cardiologist in Amsterdam, who is also involved with the Textbook of Cardiology wiki.
ECG Learning Center, from the University of Utah School of Medicine, with an introduction to the ECG, images and tests.
Speak to your librarian, if you have one, as the library will have books about this condition and about interpreting ECGs, a favourite topic at cardiology education meetings.