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From The CriticsReviewer: Yabiz Sedghi, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a practical, hands-on guide for nonexperts in the field of electrocardiography interpretation. Completely updated from the 2003 edition, it has a strong clinical emphasis and is heavily illustrated with clear ECGs. Key point summaries allow readers to easily grasp important concepts.
Purpose: The authors seek to explain the art of ECG interpretation in the clinical setting. ECG interpretation is used as a diagnostic tool to guide crucial management decisions. Key questions addressed include the significance of various ECG abnormalities and the urgency of warranted interventions including expert consultation with a cardiologist.
Audience: This book is geared toward medical personnel including physicians, surgeons, general practitioners, nursing staff, and paramedics. It is a useful reference for practitioners, students, and housestaff who require a basic but thorough understanding of ECG interpretation and its clinical significance.
Features: Chapter 1 is an overview of the normal ECG tracing and subsequent chapters discuss abnormalities in both morphology and rhythm. The final chapters provide a practical update on pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, ambulatory ECG recording, exercise testing, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Each chapter is extensively illustrated and highlights key points essential to the understanding of ECG interpretation. In addition, key color-coded tip boxes give warnings and alert the reader when to act quickly or seek help.
Assessment: This book delivers a clear, concise, and sensible approach to ECG interpretation. It is an excellent and invaluable pocket-sized resource for medical professionals who require basic ECG interpretation skills in the management of their patients.