Rationale for Body Surface Electrocardiographic Mapping

  • David M. Mirvis
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 82)


Body surface electrocardiographic mapping is an approach to recording and interpreting cardiac potentials generated by the heart and projected to the body surface. An understanding of its values as well as its limitations therefore requires a grasp of the basic concepts of cardiac electrophysiology as well as a general appreciation of the nature of electrocardiologic problems and their proposed solutions. It is the goal of this chapter to provide this background and to develop, based upon these foundations, the rationale for exploring electrocardiographic mapping.


Volume Conductor Forward Problem Equivalent Dipole Cardiac Source Electrocardiographic Lead 
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