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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas N Hanna, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This pocketbook provides an overview of key concepts in the field of cardiac pacing. The author is a past president of the Heart Rhythm Society and is internationally recognized for her clinical experience and research background in electrophysiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce the basics of cardiac pacing, and the book does not assume any background knowledge of the discipline.
Audience: It is suitable for practicing physicians, cardiology fellows, residents, electrophysiology laboratory personnel, and medical students.
Features: The chapters are well organized with frequent review summaries to reiterate important concepts. Numerous tables and figures supplement the text well, and assist readers in understanding the more complex concepts. Important topics include indications for cardiac pacing and implantation techniques, as well as more current and complex concepts such as cardiac resynchronization therapy and lead extraction. The book is an excellent introduction to device programming and reviews useful tactics for troubleshooting devices. The conclusion of each chapter includes suggested readings for those who want more in-depth information.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource for those who are seeking a basic introduction to the field of cardiac pacing. The book provides an understanding of cardiac conduction system physiology, indications for pacemakers, device programming and troubleshooting, and implantation techniques. The success of this book lies in the author's ability to present complex information in an organized fashion and help readers grasp the most important concepts.