Understanding Electrocardiography, 8th Edition
Covering all aspects of electrocardiography, this comprehensive resource helps readers picture the mechanisms of arrhythmias, their ECG patterns, and the options immediately available — as well as those available for a cure. Illustrations and descriptions help the reader visualize and retain knowledge on the mechanisms of cardiac rhythms to pave the way for a systematic approach to ECG recognition and emergency response. This new, eighth edition guarantees the best possible patient outcomes by providing complete coverage — from step-by-step instruction to the more advanced concepts of ECG monitoring. New chapters have been added on The Athlete's ECG, In-Hospital Ischemia Monitoring, and Brugada Syndrome.Table of Contents
New to This Edition
- Revised and updated chapters include new information regarding mechanisms, risks, diagnosis, therapy, and cures changing the way patients with arrhythmias and myocardial infarction are managed.
- The chapter on Congenital Long QT syndrome has been thoroughly revised with new information on the recognition of this inherited disease as well as its precipitating circumstances.
- The Acquired Long QT syndrome chapter has been thoroughly revised to describe this life-threatening arrhythmia and list all of the non-cardiac drugs that are now known to cause it.
- The Atrial Flutter chapter has been completely revised to incorporate new diagnostic techniques and improvements in acute and long-term management.
- A new chapter on Brugada Syndrome (Chapter 27) teaches early identification and treatment of those at risk of sudden death from this dangerous ECG pattern.
- A new Athlete's ECG chapter (Chapter 20) describes how intense physical training is associated with ECG patterns that are a consequence of physiologic adaptations of the heart.
- A new chapter on In-Hospital Ischemia Monitoring (Chapter 31) measures the patient's response to therapy and provides an important determinant for survival from myocardial infarction and ischemia.
- Clear, consistent writing and organization are featured throughout.
- The mechanisms of cardiac rhythms are explained and illustrated for easier comprehension.
- Knowledge builds logically from mechanisms of arrhythmias, axis, and normal rhythms, to arrhythmia recognition.
- Pediatric implications are provided for appropriate arrhythmias.
- Differential diagnoses for arrhythmias are provided to cover all the possibilities of the patient's clinical status.
- A consulting board made up of internationally known experts in ECG recognition assures the content is as accurate and up-to-date as possible.
By Mary Boudreau Conover, RN, BSN, Educational Director, Critical Care Conferences, Santa Cruz, CA