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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Understand the physical and electrophysiological principles of normal and pathological cardiac electrical activation. Will develop a diagnostic approach based on the reasoned interpretation of ECG signals in vector terms. Understand and identify the main ECG patterns and interpret their association with different pathological pictures.

Course contents



Basics of electrophysiological mechanisms for arrhythmias genesis

Classification of arrhythmias

Brady and tachyarrhythmias : ECG patterns

Intracardiac signals: methods and techniques for detection and recording and clinical implications for arrhythmias management


The basics of ECG

ECG: normal and pathlogical patterns

ECG in acute and chronic ischemic heart disease

ECG in conduction disturbances, hypertrophy and cardiomyopathies


The material provided during the coure will be sufficient to cover the topic appropriately. However these are suggested additional readings to improve ECG Knowledge:

1) David G. Strauss. Marriott's Practical Electrocardiography. 2021.

2) DJ Rowlands. Interpretazione dell' elettrocardiogramma - ECG normale, Alterazioni morfologiche, Alterazioni del ritmo. 2004

3) G. Oreto Elettrocardiogramma: un mosaico a 12 tessere (Vol. I + Vol. II) 2009

4) I. Diemberger Infections of Cardiac Implantable Devices: A Comprehensive Guide 2021

Teaching methods

The course is made up of lectures with the support of Power Point presentations. Interaction of the audience is wellcome to improve overall understanding and will be promoted by the teacher with interactive analysis of several ECG traces.

Assessment methods

The exam will be a multiple-choice quiz regarding the topics coverd by all three modules. The final score will be positive if the student will obtain a score >17/30.

Teaching tools

Teaching material can be downloaded from the institutional repository (access restricted to UNIBO students).

Office hours

See the website of Igor Diemberger