This project describes an analog laboratory EKG pre-amplifier for a chart recorder. This pre-amp can also be used to visualize EKGs on an oscilloscope.
This project was based off of a laboratory amplifier for an electrophysiology course. For background information on basic cardio-electrophysiology, check out Course 6.022J on MIT OpenCourseWare.
The EKG pre-amplifier unit consists of one differential amplifier (Gain = 1000) and three single-ended amplifiers with adjustable offset (Gain = 10). It is battery powered with an on/off switch and power supply indicator LEDs. The input connectors are binding posts: the intent is that electrode leads for the measurement are connected to the inputs (V+, V-, V_REF) and DC_1, DC_2, DC_3. The output connectors are BNCs. The offset voltages for the three DC/single-ended amplifiers are independently adjustable (rail-to-rail) via three potentiometers.
If you're looking to explore basic EKG and issues of signal offset, this is a good circuit to start with.
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