EKG Question #5

Question

The nurse will analyze the following electocardiogram strip:

What is the calculated heart rate of the strip above?

Answers

  1. 60-70 beats per minute
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  2. 70-80 beats per minute
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  3. 30-40 beats per minute
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  4. 50-60 beats per minute
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Overview

Explanation

The ECG above reveals a heart rate of 34. There are three R-R segments within a 6-second strip. To be more precise, there are 44 small boxes between any R-R, which is

1500/44 = 34 beats per minute. This heart rate represents a serious bradycardia.

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