Description: This review companion to Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside, 5th edition, Zipes and Jalife (Elsevier, 2009), presents an overview of different types of cardiac arrhythmias, with each chapter focusing on a specific type.
Purpose: It displays electrocardiograms of different arrhythmias while discussing clinical relevance and providing an understanding of basic electrophysiology.
Audience: The intended audience is physicians in cardiology or electrophysiology training programs, internists, and practicing cardiologists. However, because the text is dense and the delivery of information is fast-paced, readers may need more than basic ECG knowledge. Therefore, the audience may not be as broad as that intended by the authors.
Features: Each chapter begins with a short summary describing a particular rhythm abnormality, followed by an explanation and descriptions of different types of that arrhythmia along with the clinical relevance, ECG examples, diagrams, and figures. Each chapter is well organized with uniform themes, consistent formatting and color schemes, and helpful tables. High quality images of electrocardiograms and figures complement each chapter.
Assessment: This is a useful resource that provides a general overview of rhythm disturbances and teaches how to recognize them and their clinical significance.