What lead is the most overlooked on the EKG?
Lead aVR can provide some unique insight into 5 different conditions:
- Acute MI
- Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) and TCA-like overdose
- AVRT in narrow complex tachycardias
- Differentiating VT from SVT with aberrancy in wide complex tachycardias by using the Vereckei criteria (possibly better than Brugada criteria)
It turns out that the aVR lead provides a lot of great information!
PV Card: Lead aVR on EKG
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