Movement artefact

The baseline of the ECG should be flat and smooth. Artefact can disrupt this normal baseline, making the ECG more difficult to interpret. Causes of movement artefact include shivering, tremors, coughing or sneezing.

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In the ECGquest archives, this ECG has been tagged with: - Chest pain Movement artefact Normal Sinus Rhythm 12-Lead ECG of the Week CC-BY-NC-SA
ECG of the Week – 10th December 2018 – Interpretation

This ECG is from a man in his 80s who presented with chest pain. He had a history of Parkinson's disease.

This ECG shows significant baseline artefact due to a Parkinsonian tremor.

In the ECGquest archives, this ECG has been tagged with: - Movement artefact Osborn wave Hypothermia 12-Lead LITFL Dr Edward Burns CC-BY-NC-SA
Shivering artefact in a patient with hypothermia

This ECG is from a patient of unknown age who presented with hypothermia.

In the ECGquest archives, this ECG has been tagged with: - Bradycardia Movement artefact Osborn wave Hypothermia 12-Lead LITFL Dr Edward Burns CC-BY-NC-SA
Hypothermia

This ECG is from a patient of unknown age who presented with hypothermia.

In the ECGquest archives, this ECG has been tagged with: - Movement artefact Rhythm Strip ECG Interpretation Dr Ken Grauer CC-BY-NC-SA
ECG Blog #139 (Atrial Flutter – AV Block – Artifact – Sinus Rhythm)

This ECG is from an elderly patient with Parkinson's disease.

In the ECGquest archives, this ECG has been tagged with: - Movement artefact ECG Interpretation Dr Ken Grauer CC-BY-NC-SA
ECG Blog #132 (Ventricular Tachycardia – VT – Vfib – Artifact – Cardioversion)

This ECG is from an elderly patient who was being monitored on telemetry while they had a vigorous coughing fit.