Twelve-Lead Electrocardiography: Theory and Interpretation / Edition 2

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Overview

This is a fully revised and updated edition of the major work that teaches health professionals to utilize the 12-lead ECG in daily clinical practice. It deals with the analysis of the morphology of ECG waveforms in order to diagnose many conditions not related to rhythm, including ischemia, acute myocardial infarction, and hypertrophy of the heart muscle. Almost all other texts of morphologic interpretation for non-cardiologists rely heavily on memorizing electrocardiographic patterns. This book is unique due to its different technique, leading the reader through easily understood electrophysiologic principles, and then allowing the reader to deduce what the 12 lead electrocardiogram will look like under various circumstances.

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Reviewer: Scott W. Ard, MD, BS (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a second edition of a concise review of electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation, which focuses on the rapid and precise analysis of ECG tracings through a better understanding of electrocardiographic theory.
Purpose: The book serves its purpose by reviewing the various clinical presentations of chest pain syndromes and describing the role of the screening ECG in making a timely diagnosis. It provides a concise yet comprehensive discussion of the physiological and pathologic processes that affect the ECG, thereby highlighting the importance of electrocardiography in making rapid diagnoses. The authors highlight ECG findings that contribute to critical decision making and influence choice of therapy.
Audience: This easy to read book is directed at ACLS providers who work in settings where chest pain evaluation protocols need to be implemented urgently to speed coronary intervention. It caters to personnel in settings where patients with acute coronary syndromes are routinely encountered: EMS, emergency departments, primary care centers, and critical care units. The book is also a valuable tool for medical students and non-ICU physicians who need to have a working knowledge of ECG fundamentals.
Features: The chapters are organized into sections such as basic physiological and pathologic processes, waveforms and vectors, basic conduction abnormalities, chamber evaluation, acute cardiac syndromes (ACS), clinical associations, interventions, and case presentations. The information in the chapters is organized so that readers may easily reference it. The text is supported by annotated graphics, summary tables, and schematics that allow the reader to focus on the essentials. Questions at the end of each chapter allow readers to test their knowledge and reinforce principles of ECG interpretation and application.
Assessment: Acute cardiac syndromes are a major cause of morbidity and mortality, and successful therapy depends upon timely diagnosis which is often made by the ECG. This book is a welcome addition to the body of literature which examines the role of electrocardiography in ACS. It provides first responders with a concise reference for using the ECG to diagnose ACS and choose appropriate therapies in acute care settings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846285929
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,140,643
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr D. Bruce Foster has been teaching electrocardiography for years to various audiences including interns, residents, nurses, paramedics, and in recent years, physician’s assistants. In large measure because of ACLS classes, most of them already had a pretty good understanding of dysrhythmias, so his teaching was primarily focused on the morphologic interpretation of ECGs. Absent a text on the market with which he was happy, he created his own course, and ultimately committed it to paper in the form of the first edition.

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Table of Contents

Essential Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology as It Relates to the Electrocardiogram.- Electrocardiographic Waveforms.- Cardiac Vectors and Lead Systems.- Derivation of the Normal Electrocardiogram.- Electrical Axis.- Intraventricular Conduction Delays: The Hemiblocks.- Intraventricular Conduction Delays: The Bundle Branch Blocks.- Chamber Enlargement.- Myocardial Infarction.- Ischemia and Anginal Syndromes.- The Electrocardiogram and the Clinical Evaluation of Chest Pain.- The Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider and Therapeutic Interventions in Acute Myocardial Infarction.- Miscellaneous Conditions.- Case Presentations.

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