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Cardiac Arrhythmias is a highly respected practical guide to the interpretation and treatment of cardiac rhythm disturbances. The 6th edition has been updated throughout, with increased emphasis on physical interventions and more information on sudden cardiac death and its prevention. The latest information on current pharmacological treatments, and new therapies in development, are also included. The new edition is also divided into sections of related chapters for easier reference. Retaining the concise readable style, and with new examples included in the extensive self-assessment section, this book continues to provide invaluable advice to residents, and coronary nurses.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book presents a concise and simplified approach to the diagnosis and management of abnormalities in cardiac rhythm" -- New England Journal of Medicine

"...of much educational value and is written and edited simply and clearly" -- European Heart Journal

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Reviewer: John F. Moran, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This book covers cardiac arrhythmias in a well focused format.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reasonable and practical guide to the diagnosis and, in part, the management of all cardiac arrhythmias. There is also an update of some current thinking on arrhythmias that includes radio frequency ablation.
Audience: The book is designed for medical residents and medical students, but nurses would also see some value here.
Features: The book covers the diagnosis of common cardiac arrhythmias and presents many well done illustrations with a pink grid with black tracings. All illustrations are clear and good. The book starts with chapters on premature beats and escape beats and then proceeds into tachycardias and bradycardias. Each chapter has a table at the end containing the main points of the respective arrhythmia considered there. This book is considered a manual and there is a practical description of arrhythmias, but it is extensive enough to present some information on right ventricular outflow tachycardias and the signal averaged electrocardiogram, overdrive pacing for ventricular tachycardia, the Brugado syndrome and retrograde concealed conduction. There is a pointed chapter on neurogenic syncope and a good chapter on the controversies of antiarrhythmic drugs. There are some differences in American practice; for instance, for acute drug conversion of atrial fibrillation — the author does not mention intravenous Ibutilide which may not be available in the United Kingdom. The chapter on arrhythmias, post myocardial infarction, suggests that ventricular tachycardia might well be treated by Amiodarone or Sotolol. Nowadays, in the United States, intracardiac defibrillators would get a consideration. In the chapter on temporary pacing, the author suggests that the subclavian vein is the best approach. In the United States, the jugular venous approach is more popular.
Assessment: The book meets expectations and is planned to cover a gap between the very basics of electrocardiography and the many detailed electrophysiologic books available. It is designed for house officers. The material is easily accessible, it is well written and the illustrations are good. In addition, there are 94 practice electrocardiograms. The index is good. The book contains no references, which is in keeping with the goals. Overall, it is a good addition to the literature.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340925621
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bennett MD, FRCP, FACC, FESC is Consultant Cardiologist at the Regional Cardiac Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the sixth edition
Preface to the first edition
1 Sinus rhythm 1
2 Ectopic beats 5
3 Escape beats 16
4 Bundle branch blocks 19
5 The supraventricular tachycardias 27
6 Atrial fibrillation 32
7 Atrial flutter 43
8 Atrial tachycardia 51
9 Atrioventricular re-entrant tachycardias 54
10 Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome 67
11 Ventricular tachyarrhythmias 79
12 Monomorphic ventricular tachycardia 80
13 Polymorphic tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation 101
14 Tachycardias with broad ventricular complexes 113
15 Atrioventricular block 122
16 Sick sinus syndrome 136
17 Neurally mediated syncope 143
18 Arrhythmias due to myocardial infarction 149
19 Anti-arrhythmic drugs 161
20 Cardioversion 178
21 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation 183
22 Ambulatory ECG monitoring 190
23 Temporary cardiac pacing 196
24 Long-term cardiac pacing for bradycardias 205
25 Automatic implantable cardiovertor defibrillator 239
26 Radiofrequency catheter ablation 252
27 Arrhythmias for interpretation 270
Index 333
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