Understanding Basic Heart Anatomy & Electrocardiograms (ECGs)

Online Webinar Course

Instructor: Jamie McAlpin, R.N., B.S.N.
7 Sessions: 1.5 hours each
Starting: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Research has shown that some of the most prominent risk factors in ibogaine treatment include pre-existing heart conditions, and the relationship between electrolytes and heart function. Electrocardiograms (ECGs) give us an accurate picture of how these factors might affect ibogaine therapy, and provide early warning signs that are crucial in the pre-screening process and during the course of treatment.

Understanding Basic Heart Anatomy and Electrocardiograms is a 7-week live interactive webinar series aimed at anyone with an interest in understanding how to read simple ECG tracings and how to use the information they provide inform the treatment process.  It will expand on practical risk management considerations that are outlined in GITA’s Clinical Guidelines for Ibogaine-Assisted Detoxification, and deepen participants’ knowledge about a number of topics, including:

  • heart anatomy and electrical conduction
  • the role of electrolytes in heart function
  • recognizing various cardiac arrhythmias, their causes and considerations
  • ibogaine’s effect on the heart
  • cardiac screening for safe ibogaine administration

This course will run every Sunday at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern, from February 19 to April 2, 2017.

Please note that this course is for information only and is not a certification course. It does not qualify you to professionally interpret or diagnose electrocardiograms.  These tasks require further training, and are legally limited to licensed medical professionals with the appropriate skill level.  Treatment facilitators should always seek professional medical input in confirming in screening and treatment decisions.  This course will not teach interpretation of 12 lead ECG’s as those should always be administered by a licensed health professional and diagnosed by a qualified medical doctor.  

The instructor, Jamie McAlpin, is a registered nurse with over 10 years experience in various Cardiology related settings. She was a co-author on GITA’s Clinical Guidelines for Ibogaine-Assisted Detoxification and is a certified Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructor through American Heart Association who offered GITA’s first ACLS for Ibogaine Therapy Course.

During the course, Jamie will present in-depth information on cardiac anatomy, and on each important type of heart rhythm and arrhythmia, their causes and considerations.  The course will be presented via an interactive video conference, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions either via chat or via audio/video, similar to a Skype call.  If you miss a live call, or want to review any session after the course, participants will have access to recordings of each of the sessions.

The information that will be presented in this course is crucial background information for ibogaine therapy practitioners. There are similar self-study courses online, and even courses available through other organizations that will not look at ECG interpretation with the same detail. This is the only course that you will find that will apply this information to ibogaine therapy in particular.


Course Syllabus

7 Sessions – 1.5 hours each

Each Sunday at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern

Session 1: February 19, 2017

  • Introduction to anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • Mechanical aspects
  • Circulatory aspects
  • Risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease
  • Cardiac Cycle (systole and diastole)
  • Fundamental difference between cardiac and skeletal muscle
  • Autonomic nervous system

Session 2: February 26, 2017

  • Electrolytes and cardiac conduction
  • Electrical conduction pathways
  • Conduction system and the ECG tracing
  • Ibogaine and electrolyte loss

Session 3: March 5, 2017

  • How to properly administer an ECG
  • Step by step approach to basic ECG interpretation
  • Sinus rhythms (originating from the SA node)

Session 4: March 12, 2017

  • Atrial arrhythmias

Session 5: March 19, 2017

  • Junctional arrhythmias

Session 6: March 26, 2017

  • Ventricular arrhythmias

Session 7: April 2, 2017  

  • AV blocks
  • Pacing
  • Course closure


About the Instructor

Jamie McAlpin holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in 2000. Her specialties include Coronary Care Unit, Cardiovascular/Open Heart Intensive Care Unit, Code Blue Team, Cardiac Catheterization Lab (adult/pediatric), and Electrophysiology Lab (adult/pediatric). In 2014, she began working with Iboga and researching safety and best practices.  She also began volunteering with the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA) to co-author the Clinical Guidelines for Ibogaine-Assisted Detoxification, which led her to deepen her research into the medical considerations and risks related to Iboga/Ibogaine.

In 2015 she completed training to become an American Heart Association BLS and ACLS instructor and continued working with GITA to develop the first ACLS for Ibogaine Therapy, and Heartsaver CPR & AED training courses offered at the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference in Tepoztlan, Mexico. She also presented on the Ibogaine Therapy Ethics & Safety panel discussion at the conference. Jamie is co-founder of IbogaSafe, an organization dedicated to on-site provider training and education to reduce harm and increase safety in ibogaine treatment.



*Heart rate ruler and ECG calipers highly recommended for this course.

*Recommended reference book: Rapid Analysis of Arrhythmias: A Self-Study Program, 3rd Edition by Emanuel Stein

Registration Fee: $185