Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation Examination
No. Consistent with the recommendations of the American Heart Association, approval to interpret cardiac exercise stress tests requires a minimum of two weeks of full-time training with supervised assessment, attendance and interpretation of 100 or more studies, under one or more cardiologists. If testing includes pharmacological stress testing, evidence of training and experience with these procedures is also required.
College approval is not required to read and interpret the results of Holter monitors.
The College strongly recommends that all 12 lead ECGs are interpreted by a qualified physician who is either a cardiologist or College-approved ECG interpreter.
Are electronic ECG interpretations acceptable? Could all ECGs be read electronically and the abnormal ones re-read by a qualified ECG interpreter?
No. Computerized electrocardiography has not advanced to the point that it can replace an expert physician interpretation, even as a screening tool for excluding “normal” ECGs.