Nathan Blakeney, EKG Pro, at Children's Hospital in New Orleans.

Nathan Blakeney, EKG Pro, at Children's Hospital in New Orleans.

Last week, Bryan and I took Nathan to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans for his annual checkup.  His heart surgery to correct Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, a problem connected to his Scimitar Syndrome, occurred about three years ago.  The first year after surgery, appointments were a few months apart, but he has done well, so he is seen once a year now.

I asked the nurse who hooked him up for the EKG (electrocardiogram) if his scimitar syndrome required a different placement of the leads.  She told me the leads are, indeed, placed differently on patients with dextrocardia.  To get a proper reading on a heart that is positioned on the wrong side, it appears that the leads are reversed.

Typical placement of EKG leads

Typical placement of EKG leads

I snapped a picture of Nathan while the nurse performed his EKG.  He has had several of these over the years, and although he was not crazy about being wired up as a baby, he now takes it in stride.  He  giggled  when Bryan told him to be glad he doesn’t have a hairy chest.

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2 Comments on Scimitar Syndrome and EKG

  1. tparker says:

    Doesn’t have a hairy chest… yet. :)

  2. Karen says:

    LOL! This is probably an annual event for the rest of his life; I wouldn’t blame him if he decides to shave his chest in the future.

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