What is the role of electrocardiography in the evaluation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD?

Updated: Aug 15, 2019
  • Author: Paul Kleinschmidt, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The presence of underlying cardiac disease is highly likely. Establish that hypoxia is not resulting in ischemia. Establish that the underlying cause of respiratory difficulty is not cardiac in nature. It is also important to look for changes associated with potassium abnormalities.


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