The electrocardiograms (EKG) information needed to pass NCLEX is one of the most difficult subjects for nursing students to tackle.
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The heart is always a good place to start. The normal heart rate of adult is 60-100 beats per minute.
Remember there are only 2 problems that are represented on an EKG strip:
1) The heart is beating too fast (tachycardia)
Examples of tachycardia: atrial tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, sinus tachycardia
The most common medications used to slow the heart rate down is metoprolol which is a beta blocker. Remember for NCLEX sinus tachycardia is normally caused by an issue OUTSIDE of the heart such as infection, dehydration, fever.
2) The heart is beating too slow (bradycardia)
Examples of bradycardia: asystole, sinus bradycardia, heart blocks
The heart rate can also be affected by the electrolytes present in the body. Calcium, Potassium, and Sodium directly affect the rate and function of the heart. If there is too little or too much calcium for example the heart will react in a predictable way.
The top 6 NCLEX strips you need to identify
Irregular heart rhythms and how to manage them
Most common Cardiac medications and when to give them
Fetal Heart Tones and the nursing intervention that covers them all!
Important EKG questions and the answers made easy
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