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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mario I Pascual, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a concise book on electrophysiology authored by two leaders in the field.
Purpose: It presents a systematic approach to the diagnosis of complex arrhythmias.
Audience: It is intended for physicians in training, practicing cardiologists, and experienced electrophysiologists who are looking to master the diagnostic skills necessary to treat patients with complex arrhythmias.
Features: Offering a case-based approach to the diagnosis of arrhythmias, the book features multiple illustrations and intracardiac electrograms. It begins with a description of the electrophysiological approach to ECG interpretation and then uses these fundamentals to explore intracardiac tracings. The book teaches techniques which facilitate the diagnosis of both narrow and wide complex tachycardias. The second edition gives emphasis to recent advances in catheter-based treatment of complex arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, which the first edition did not discuss.
Assessment: This book provides a very organized approach to the assessment and diagnosis of heart rhythm disorders. It is an excellent reference that provides structure and focus to the electrophysiology study and the interpretation of complex arrhythmias.