ECG from Basics to Essentials: Step by Step 1st Edition

ECG from Basics to Essentials: Step by Step 1st EditionThis brand new guide assists students, interns and residents in developing a functional understanding of the set-up, workings and interpretation of ECGs

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  • Step-by-step graphics and short, bite-sized explanations
  • Covers all major cardiac abnormalities including hypertrophy, arrhythmias, conduction blocks, and pre-excitation syndromes
  • Begins with a section on physiology of the heart and the basic set up of ECG recording
  • Features top tips on what to look for, complete with illustrated examples
  • Supported by a companion website featuring additional practice tracings

ECG from Basics to Essentials: Step by Step 1st Edition

by Roland X. Stroobandt (Author), S. Serge Barold (Author), Alfons F. Sinnaeve (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-1119066415
ISBN-10: 9781119066415

ECG from Basics to Essentials: Step by Step 1st Edition – Contents

Preface, vi
About the companion website, vii
1 Anatomy and Basic Physiology, 1
2 ECG Recording and ECG Leads, 21
3 Th e Normal ECG and the Frontal Plane QRS Axis, 53
4 Th e Components of the ECG Waves and Intervals, 73
5 P waves and Atrial Abnormalities, 85
6 Chamber Enlargement and Hypertrophy, 99
7 Intraventricular Conduction Defects, 105
8 Coronary Artery Disease and Acute Coronary Syndromes, 123
9 Acute Pericarditis, 187
10 Th e ECG in Extracardiac Disease, 193
11 Sinus Node Dysfunction, 203
12 Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVC), 217
13 Atrioventricular Block, 227
14 Atrial Rhythm Disorders, 243
15 Ventricular Tachycardias, 279
16 Ventricular Fibrillation and Ventricular Flutter, 305
17 Preexcitation and Wolff -Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW), 311
18 Electrolyte Abnormalities, 327
19 Electrophysiologic Concepts, 333
20 Antiarrhythmic Drugs, 351
21 Pacemakers and their ECGs, 359
22 Errors in Electrocardiography Monitoring, Computerized ECG, Other Sites of ECG Recording, 391
23 How to Read an ECG, 407
Index, 425

ECG from Basics to Essentials: Step by Step 1st Edition – Preface

Before deciding to write this book, we examined many of the multitude of books on electrocardiography to determine whether there was a need for a new book with a diff erent approach focusing on graphics. In our experience the success of our “step by step” books on cardiac pacemakers and implanted cardioverter-defi brillators was largely due to the extensive use of graphics according to feedback we received from many readers.

Consequently in this book we used the same approach with the liberal use of graphics. Th is format distinguishes the book from all the other publications. In this way, the book can be considered as a companion to our previous “step
by step” books. Th e publisher off ers a large number of PowerPoint slides obtainable on the Internet. Based on a number of suggestions an accompanying set of test ECG tracings is also provided on the Internet.

We are confident that our different approach to the teaching of electrocardiography will facilitate understanding by the student and help the teacher, the latter by using the richly illustrated work. Th e authors would also like to thank Garant Publishers, Antwerp, Belgium /Apeldoorn, Th e Netherlands for authorizing the use of fi gures from the
Dutch ECG book, ECG: Uit of in het Hoofd, 2006 edition, by E. Andries, R. Stroobandt, N. De Cock, F. Sinnaeve and F. Verdonck, Roland X. Stroobandt S. Serge Barold Alfons F. Sinnaeve

ECG from Basics to Essentials: Step by Step 1st Edition – Chapter 1


What is an ECG?
* Blood circulation – the heart in action
* The conduction system of the heart
* Myocardial electrophysiology
° About cardiac cells
° Depolarization of a myocardial fiber
° Distribution of current in myocardium
* Recording a voltage by external electrodes
* The resultant heart vector during ventricular depolarization…..

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