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Now in its Sixth Edition, this popular, practical text presents all the information clinicians need to use the EKG in everyday practice and interpret hypertrophy and enlargement, arrhythmias, conduction blocks, pre-excitation syndromes, and myocardial infarction. It is an ideal reference for medical students in ICM courses, house officers, or anyone directly involved in patient care, whether student, teacher, or practitioner. The book includes more than 200 facsimiles of EKG strips and numerous clinical cases. This edition features new and updated clinical cases, more clinically oriented discussions of EKG findings, and expanded coverage of important topics such as the long QT syndrome and sudden cardiac death.

A companion Website will include the fully searchable text, an image bank, an interactive question bank, and an EKG image with explanation test bank.

The book contains both black-and-white and two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vishal A. Vyas, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a beginner's book on the interpretation of electrocardiograms.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students with a simple and reproducible method to interpret electrocardiograms.
Audience: The audience includes nurses, midlevel practitioners and physicians in training.
Features: The book follows a logical format: initial sections review basic physiologic concepts while later chapters progressively address more complex topics. Colorful illustrations, sample cases, and chapter summaries complement and reinforce the information presented in the book. Sufficient humor infused throughout the manuscript prevents the reader from losing interest. The newly updated sixth edition boasts an online companion site that features searchable content and self-test questions.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource for those new to field of electrocardiography. The book provides readers with a logical approach to EKG interpretation and is complemented well by tasteful humor, numerous illustrations, sample cases, and a full-featured online companion. This EKG primer succeeds where countless others have failed. Potentially intimidating information is presented in a manner that is both painless to read and easy to comprehend.
Ronald R. Schreiber
This is a basic EKG text for medical students and nurses on how to interpret electrocardiograms. The purpose is to teach EKG reading to the novice utilizing a clear, logical, and easy to follow format. The author states he intends to make simple things simpler and complicated things concise and simple and quite simply he accomplishes this best. This book is appropriate for medical students and cardiac care nurses. A summary concludes each chapter. A number of case studies are reviewed and are easy to follow and to understand. A unique aspect of this book is the clear and logical presentation of the author written in a fresh, enjoyable, and often humorous manner. This style makes learning EKGs interesting and enjoyable and not boring as is the problem with some texts. The only negative comment I have about this book is there is no glossary, which is necessary in a basic medical text. This is an excellent basic EKG book and one of the best I have ever read. It is enjoyable to read because of the fresh, humorous style of the author. The author is logical in his approach and presents basic, simple concepts initially while adding more complex criteria as the text progresses. Summaries conclude each chapter and a number of case studies are presented in addition to a chapter of review charts which, with repetition, reinforce diagnosis EKG criteria. Still, I am impressed with how thorough this book is in many areas and likewise am impressed with its accuracy, which makes it superior to most basic EKG books available today. I applaud the author for his work! I enjoyed this book and will recommend it to my medical students.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605471402
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Getting Started

Chapter 1: THE BASICS

  • Electricity and the Heart
  • The Cells of the Heart
  • Time and Voltage
  • P Waves, QRS Complexes, T Waves, and Some Straight Lines
  • Naming the Straight Lines
  • Summary: The Waves and Straight Lines of the EKG
  • Making Waves
  • The 12 Views of the Heart
  • A Word About Vectors
  • The Normal 12-Lead EKG
  • Summary: Orientation of the Waves of the Normal EKG
  • Coming Attractions


  • Definitions
  • Axis
  • Summary: Axis
  • Axis Deviation, Hypertrophy, and Enlargement
  • Atrial Enlargement
  • Summary: Atrial Enlargement
  • Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Secondary Repolarization Abnormalities of Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Summary: Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • CASE 1
  • CASE 2


  • The Clinical Manifestations of Arrhythmias
  • Why Arrhythmias Happen
  • Rhythm Strips
  • How to Determine the Heart Rate from the EKG
  • The Five Basic Types of Arrhythmias
  • Arrhythmias of Sinus Origin
  • Ectopic Rhythms
  • Reentrant Rhythms
  • The Four Questions
  • Supraventricular Arrhythmias
  • Summary: Supraventricular Arrhythmias
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias
  • Summary: Ventricular Arrhythmias
  • Summary: Rules of Malignancy for PVCs
  • Supraventricular Versus Ventricular Arrhythmias
  • Summary: Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) Versus Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT) with Aberrancy
  • Programmed Electrical Stimulation
  • Implantable Defibrillators
  • External Defibrillators
  • CASE 3
  • CASE 4
  • CASE 5


  • What Is a Conduction Block?
  • AV Blocks
  • Summary: AV Blocks
  • Bundle Branch Block
  • Summary: Bundle Branch Block
  • Hemiblocks
  • Summary: Criteria for Hemiblock
  • Combining Right Bundle Branch Block and Hemiblocks
  • Summary: Criteria for Bifascicular Block
  • Blocks That Underachieve
  • The Ultimate in Playing With Blocks: Combining AV Blocks, Right Bundle Branch Block, and Hemiblocks
  • Pacemakers
  • CASE 6


  • What Is Preexcitation?
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
  • Lown-Ganong-Levine Syndrome
  • Associated Arrhythmias
  • Summary: Preexcitation
  • CASE 7


  • What Is a Myocardial Infarction?
  • How To Diagnose a Myocardial Infarction
  • Summary: The EKG Changes of an Evolving Myocardial Infarction
  • Localizing the Infarct
  • Non-Q Wave Myocardial Infarctions
  • Angina
  • Summary: The ST Segment in Ischemic Cardiac Disease
  • Limitations of the EKG in Diagnosing an Infarction
  • Stress Testing
  • CASE 8


  • Electrolyte Disturbances
  • Hypothermia
  • Drugs
  • Other Cardiac Disorders
  • Pulmonary Disorders
  • Central Nervous System Disease
  • The Athlete's Heart
  • Summary: Miscellaneous Conditions
  • CASE 9


  • The 11-Step Method for Reading EKGs
  • Review Charts

Chapter 9: HOW DO YOU GET TO CARNEGIE HALL? (Practice, Practice, Practice!)

  • Practice EKG Strips

Subject Index

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