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Electrocardiogram Instruction, Capture And Analysis

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Novel BME Courses and Course Adaptations

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11.524.1 - 11.524.7



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Paul King Vanderbilt University

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Electrocardiogram Instruction, Capture and Analysis

Abstract This paper describes the conduct of an introductory freshman seminar titled Electrocardiogram Capture and Analysis, taught yearly since Fall 2000. The course covers the following topics: basic medical nomenclature, cardiac anatomy and normal cardiac rhythm, abnormalities of the heart, and basics of ekg analysis from the chart. Lectures and discussions include advanced topics in cardiology: electrical pacing, advanced diagnostic procedures, defibrillators (external and implantable), transmitter systems, Holter Monitors, databases, and future directions. Invited speakers typically include a cardiologist and a Medtronic field engineer, tours include a visit to a Human Patient Simulator and a Clinical Pharmacology research laboratory, and demonstrations involved use of a free commercial package on biological signals. The course further covers an overview of the following engineering topics: data capture techniques, sampling, and A/D conversion. The major computational experience for the students involves basic ekg rhythm analysis using Excel, using data collected from the students or (optionally) from an unknown subject. This is followed by a similar analysis using MATLAB (in parallel with a required freshman course in introductory engineering). This course was originally intended to interest freshman students in the potential application of their engineering skills to real-life problems. It was similarly intended to assist in the retention of students during the initial semester of engineering classes. The course has had good student reviews, and seems to have achieved its goals. This paper is intended to be of sufficient depth that the course may be replicated easily elsewhere.

Introduction The stated specific goals of this course include the introduction of the freshman student to data analysis techniques in electrocardiography, medical and engineering nomenclature, engineering & engineering applied to medicine, technologies involved in cardiology and electrocardiography, and societal ramifications of heart related research. A hidden agenda is the introduction of the student to realistic applications of some of the material co-taught in an introduction to engineering course, but with applications to their chosen area of interest. The course is one of several one-hour “modules” offered to entering students in order to potentially increase retention of freshman students. The course, as offered, is scheduled for two hours a week. The students are informed that the class period will be one hour if the class consists of a lecture or in-class exercise. Facility visits are scheduled for two hours. The course has

King, P. (2006, June), Electrocardiogram Instruction, Capture And Analysis Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--87

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