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Starting to Read ECGs

A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice

Davies, Alan, Scott, Alwyn

2015, XVIII, 207 p. 238 illus., 119 illus. in color.

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  • ​​​​​​​​​​An accessible text for beginners Concise text and a multitude of full colour diagrams, illustrations and medical images used to explain complex ideas simply
  • Each chapter contains a mind map for revision and to aid dyslexic learners, practice questions and a few practice ECGs to consolidate the readers knowledge​
  • Includes sections on interpreting pediatric ECGs and the effect of implantable cardiac devices and drugs on the ECG

This book follows Starting to Read ECGs: The Basics by the same authorship and provides the beginner in electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation with a concise, practical and systematic guide to interpreting ECGs. The authors have included an introduction to the pediatric ECG and genetic cardiac conditions in attempt to deepen readers awareness of some of the broader clinical issues. Starting to Read ECGs: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice expands on some of the topics introduced in the first book, but offers a deeper perspective with more detailed background information and a variety of practical interpretation methods. It can be read as a standalone book for those who already possess some basic ECG knowledge or for those who have read the first book in the series and wish to consolidate and expand on what they have already read.


The book uses numerous diagrams, tables and practical examples to reinforce learning and summarize information succinctly, and will be an essential resource for medical students, junior doctors, and other health care professionals involved in the recording and interpretation of ECGs who wish to build their knowledge and confidence.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » 12-Lead ECGs - Cardiology - ECG - EKG - Electrocardiogram - Pacemakers

Related subjects » Cardiology & Angiology - Critical Care & Emergency Medicine - Medicine

Table of contents 

​​ ​Chapter 1 Anatomy and physiology.- Advanced anatomy and physiology.- Cellular physiology (action potential of pacemaker/non-pacemaker cells).- Wiggers diagram.- Revision of waveform.- Chapter 2 Revision of recording ECG and basic interpretation skills.- Advanced lead placement (posterior ECGs / right sided ECGs).- Explanation of leads / electrical flow.- Review of normal values and paper timings.- Different methods of rate calculation.- Chapter 3 Calculating cardiac axis.- What it is.- Why it's useful.- The quick look method.- The Hexaxial method.- Making it more accurate.- The vector method.- Worked examples.- Chapter 4 Brady-arrhythmias.- Background.- Genetic factors.- treatment options.- Chapter 5 Tachy-arrhythmias.- Background.- Genetic factors.- treatment options.- Chapter 6 conditions.- Conduction blocks.- PE, electrolye.- Brugada (type I - III).- Cardiomyopathy.- Hypertrophy.- Chapter 7 Implantable devices and the ECG.- PPM.- AICDs.- Various implanted monitors (i.e. Reveal).- Considerations.- ECG appearance.- Chapter 8 Drugs and the ECG.- Tricyclics.- Long QT causing drugs.- Arrythmogenic drugs.- Cardiac specific drugs.- Chapter 9 Paediatric ECGs.- Normal paediatric ECG.- Childhood cardiac abnormalities appearance on the ECG (i.e. congenital issues like holes in hearts, accessory pathways etc).- Chapter 10 ACS and re-profusion arrhythmia's.- Bloods (enzymes).- physiology and pathology of arteriosclerosis.- Treatment options.- MI's.- Posterior MIs.- Vasospasm.- Ideoventricular rhythms.- Treatment options (PPCI, CABG, thrombolytic therapy).  ​

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