Paucis Verbis: Right and posterior EKG leads

Mar 11, 11
Paucis Verbis: Right and posterior EKG leads

ECG EKG machine

A standard 12-lead ECG can be very telling for patients with chest pain or shortness of breath. A right ventricular (RV) and posterior wall infarct, however, can present very subtly. You can obtain special right-sided (V1R-V6R) and posterior leads (V7-V9), if you are concerned. What are the indications for obtaining right-sided and posterior ECG leads?

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Addendum 3/11/11:

Right sided ECG leads (V1R-V6R) are positioned in a mirror image fashion from the standard 12-lead precordial leads.
Posterior ECG leads (V7-V9) are applied by moving V4-V6 in the posterior positions.

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Michelle Lin, MD

ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

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