This study explores the creation of a teaching tool to better enable medical students to understand the relationship between electrocardiogram (EKG) waves and the electrical activity within the heart. By having a greater depth of knowledge about EKG signals, the medical students should be able to accurately diagnose different cardiac related symptoms. We have designed and built two models which could be used in a lecture hall setting. One model accurately displayed the electrical activity of Ventricular Tachycardia, several Myocardial Infarctions, Ventricular Fibrillation, and Atrial Fibrillation in synchronization with each EKG waveform. A second model indicates the correct placement of EKG leads on a human torso and the various views of the heart that result from these leads.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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