The ECG shows sinus tachycardia with premature atrial contractions. The premature atrial contractions occur at the 14th and 16th beats on the rhythm strip. They are evident by the shortened R-R interval preceding the beat, with the QRS complex appearing similar to the normal QRS complexes, signifying they propagate through the normal conduction system.
The P waves are hidden from view in the previous T wave. The nonspecific S- and T-wave abnormalities are physiologic in nature and of no consequence. Finally, the large S waves seen in the precordial leads are due to the patient’s thin body habitus and not to ventricular hypertrophy.
The patient was reassured that there were no structural abnormalities of her heart, and that there was no need to treat the premature contractions at this time. She was also asked to monitor her caffeine and energy drink intake to determine whether there was a correlation with her palpitations.
She was relieved to hear that there are no restrictions in her physical activity