Marriages and Heart Blocks

The title will make sense soon……I promise.

I figured I would share with you all something I made up while I was in paramedic school learning ECGs. It’s an easy way to memorize the different heart blocks and how to recognize them. It all revolves around a story about a couple named “P” and “QRS” (clever huh?). Different stages of their relationship will represent the blocks.

Normal Sinus

P and QRS are in the honeymoon phase of their marriage. They are always together and never leave each others sight. Life is good for P and QRS!

NSR

First Degree AV Block

P and QRS are getting irritated with each other. While they still remain true to the relationship, they are keeping their distance for now.

1st_degree

Second Degree AV Block (Type I)

P and QRS have entered theĀ viscous cycle of breaking up and getting back together. They get together, they start fighting and keeping their distance, and they break up again.

2nd_degree_type1

Second Degree AV Block (Type II)

P and QRS have decided to get back together again. However, P is still quite disgruntled and has decided to go out every night or two and fool around on QRS. You can probably imagine what comes next!

2nd_degree_type_2

Third Degree AV Block

As you probably saw coming, QRS caught P cheating and moved out. They have filed for divorce and are completely separated. There is absolutely no relationship between P and QRS now.

3rd_degree

The End

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