To achieve a balance of practicality and competency, the two parts of this book are equally divided between concrete example and didactic theory. Section I provides multiple ECG readings of the most commonly encountered simple and complex arrhythmias, and includes differential diagnoses where appropriate. These readings are presented with a minimum of theory, and are repetitively presented in multiple permutations, as they would be encountered in the ECG reading room or on the wards. Section II provides a more in–depth discussion of ECG mechanisms and arrhythmogenesis. Attention is focused on the relevant underlying electrophysiology and the deductive processes used to reach the diagnoses of complex arrhythmias.
This book can serve as a quick and handy reference for systematic, rule–based arrhythmic diagnoses, as well as an authoritative teaching text for learning the underlying theory and mechanics. It will be of great interest to students and clinicians at all levels, including cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and others who care for patients with cardiovascular disease, ICU and ER staff, emergency physicians, anesthesiologist, and surgeons.
Cellular Basis of the Electrocardiogram.
Section 1: Sinoatrial Node. Atrial, Junctional, Ventricular Rhythms and Atrioventricular Blocks.
1. Sinoatrial Rhythms.
2. Atrial Arrhythmias.
3. Atrioventricular Junctional Rhythms.
Supraventricular Tachycardias – Differential Diagnoses.
4. Ventricular Rhythms.
5. Atrioventricular Conduction AbnormalitieS.
Wide QRS Tachycardias – Differential Diagnoses.
Section II: Complex Arrhythmias. Diagnosis and Mechanisms Based Primarily on Deductive Analysis.
6. Concealed Conduction.
8. Fusions and Captures.
11. Supernormall Conduction and Excitability.
13. Entrance and Exit Blocks.
14. Electrical Alternans.
15. Wolff–Parkinson–White Syndrome.
16. Atrioventricular and Ventricular Conduction and Blocks, GAP, and Overdrive Suppression.
17. Dual Artioventricular Conduction.
18. Alternating and Bilateral Bundle Branch Block.