By Tom Kenny, RN Vice President, Clinical Education and Training, St. Jude Medical, Austin, TX, USA
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an exciting new option for a growing number of heart failure patients, but CRT systems present special challenges to clinicians, even those accustomed to working with pacemakers. Now, Tom Kenny demystifies the field in this timely, easy–to–understand paperback.
The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy concentrates on the practical aspects of how these devices work and how to follow the growing number of patients who are using them to fight heart failure. Designed specifically for the non–specialist, the book explains how the device works, how and why CRT–paced ECGs look different, and how to test for proper function of a CRT system. It also includes a systematic (numbered sequence) guide to follow–up that you can use in the clinic.
This practical reference offers:
clear, straightforward explanations that require no prior training in device therapy
many CRT ECGs to familiarize you with what you will encounter in practice
a generous illustration program that includes diagrams, charts, and anatomy pictures to reinforce the text
sensible advice on daily issues and troubleshooting systems
current references to the latest clinical studies and device technology
accessible information, organized for ease of navigation
a helpful glossary at the end of the book
Both practicing and prospective clinicians will find CRT much less daunting when The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy is close at hand.
1 Understanding Heart Failure.
2 Cardiovascular Anatomy of the Healthy Heart.
3 Cardiac Physiology and Heart Failure.
4 Causes of Heart Failure.
5 The Neurohormonal Model of Heart Failure.
6 An Overview of Heart Failure Drugs.
7 Ventricular Dyssynchrony.
8 Arrhythmias in Heart Failure Patients.
9 Indications for CRT.
10 Types of CRT Systems.
11 Implant Procedures.
12 Basic Programming.
13 Advanced Programming.
14 Basic ECG Interpretation for CRT Systems.
15 CRT System Optimization.
16 Troubleshooting the Non–Responder.
17 Defibrillation Basics.
18 Advanced Defibrillation Functions.
19 Advanced CRT ECG Analysis.
20 DFT Management in CRT–D Patients.
21 Atrial Fibrillation.
22 CRT in Post–AV Nodal Ablation Patients.
23 Special CRT Device Features.
25 A Systematic Guide to CRT Follow–Up.