The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview

The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

By Tom Kenny, RN
Vice President, Clinical Education and Training, St. Jude Medical, Austin, TX, USA

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an exciting new option for a growing number of heart failure patients, but CRT systems present special challenges to clinicians, even those accustomed to working with pacemakers. Now, Tom Kenny demystifies the field in this timely, easy-to-understand paperback.

The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy concentrates on the practical aspects of how these devices work and how to follow the growing number of patients who are using them to fight heart failure. Designed specifically for the non-specialist, the book explains how the device works, how and why CRT-paced ECGs look different, and how to test for proper function of a CRT system. It also includes a systematic (numbered sequence) guide to follow-up that you can use in the clinic.

This practical reference offers:

  • clear, straightforward explanations that require no prior training in device therapy
  • many CRT ECGs to familiarize you with what you will encounter in practice
  • a generous illustration program that includes diagrams, charts, and anatomy pictures to reinforce the text
  • sensible advice on daily issues and troubleshooting systems
  • current references to the latest clinical studies and device technology
  • accessible information, organized for ease of navigation
  • a helpful glossary at the end of the book

Both practicing and prospective clinicians will find CRT much less daunting when The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy is close at hand.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Written by an acknowledged authority in this field, the book meets its goal of serving as a reference for cardiac resynchronization therapy.”
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Reviewer: Rishi G Anand, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book masterfully explains cardiac resynchronization therapy in a manner that is easy to understand for healthcare practitioners unfamiliar with this new heart failure therapy. Through numerous high quality illustrations, fluoroscopic images, and anatomic drawings the author successfully demystifies cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).
Purpose: This is intended to teach the practitioner how to program and troubleshoot CRT devices in an easy to understand reference.
Audience: This will be of interest to physicians in training, electrophysiologists, heart failure specialists, and other providers that care for the heart failure patient.
Features: The book explains, in a stepwise fashion, how the CRT device operates, the indications for the device, the basics of defibrillation threshold testing, and how to solve common problems encountered with CRT device therapy. This book distinguishes itself from other similar books by including a basic and advanced chapter on interpreting CRT-paced electrocardiograms. Additionally, each chapter has a quick reference summary box which highlights the salient learning points. Finally, there is a useful glossary at the end of the text which facilitates better comprehension of terminology specific to CRT devices.
Assessment: Written by an acknowledged authority in this field, the book meets its goal of serving as a reference for cardiac resynchronization therapy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405153720
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Series: Nuts and Bolts Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas P. Kenny, author of The Nuts & Bolts of Cardiac Pacing and The Nuts and Bolts of ICDs, is the author on this book. In fact, this book evolves from his many years teaching device therapy to clinicians. Tom was on the forefront of training and educational efforts for CRT devices as the systems were first pioneered. He is Vice President of Education for St. Jude Medical, a leader in cardiac rhythm management devices.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1 Understanding Heart Failure.

2 Cardiovascular Anatomy of the Healthy Heart.

3 Cardiac Physiology and Heart Failure.

4 Causes of Heart Failure.

5 The Neurohormonal Model of Heart Failure.

6 An Overview of Heart Failure Drugs.

7 Ventricular Dyssynchrony.

8 Arrhythmias in Heart Failure Patients.

9 Indications for CRT.

10 Types of CRT Systems.

11 Implant Procedures.

12 Basic Programming.

13 Advanced Programming.

14 Basic ECG Interpretation for CRT Systems.

15 CRT System Optimization.

16 Troubleshooting the Non-Responder.

17 Defibrillation Basics.

18 Advanced Defibrillation Functions.

19 Advanced CRT ECG Analysis.

20 DFT Management in CRT-D Patients.

21 Atrial Fibrillation.

22 CRT in Post-AV Nodal Ablation Patients.

23 Special CRT Device Features.

24 Diagnostics.

25 A Systematic Guide to CRT Follow-Up.

26 Troubleshooting.

Glossary.

Index

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