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January 10, 2011

Introduction to the “Challenges in Clinical Electrocardiography” Section

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Copyright 2011 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2011

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(1):14. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.496

The electrocardiogram (ECG) is a critical tool of practicing physicians, including general internists, family medicine practitioners, intensivists, emergency physicians, cardiologists, and others. It is used to rapidly identify patients who require time-sensitive therapies such as emergent reperfusion therapy, as well as identify acute or chronic life-threatening conditions such as rhythm disorders, poisonings, electrolyte disturbances, or predisposition to sudden death. We are pleased to launch, in this issue of the Archives, a new section dedicated to the ECG titled “Challenges in Clinical Electrocardiography.”