Small Animal ECGs. An Introductory Guide. 3rd Edition

  • ID: 3060264
  • Book
  • 170 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Small Animal ECGs: An Introductory Guide provides all the information that veterinarians need when using electrocardiography techniques for the first time. Helping make sense of this extremely useful and yet sometimes daunting technology, the book is aimed squarely at the beginner, and is designed specifically for ease of use. It includes not only ECG tracings, but also clear and simple explanatory diagrams that accompany the text.


  • Now in full colour with a larger page size to improve navigation of the book and usefulness of the diagrams
  • All chapters revised and updated
  • New chapters on mechanisms of supraventricular arrhythmias, accelerated idioventricular rhythm and use of Holters
This book contains everything that the veterinary professional will need to know when starting out recording and interpreting ECGs, whether they are practicing or still studying.
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Preface to third edition vii

About the author ix

Acknowledgements xi

Abbreviations xiii

Part 1: Understanding the electricity of the heart and how it produces an ECG complex 1

1 What is an ECG? 3

2 The electricity of the heart 4

3 Rhythms of sinus origin 10

Part 2: Abnormal electricity of the heart 15

4 Recognising and understanding ectopia 17

5 Ventricular arrhythmias 27

6 Supraventricular arrhythmias 44

7 Abnormalities in the conduction system 54

8 Changes in the P–QRS–Tmorphology 63

Part 3: More advanced electrocardiography 71

9 Understanding the ECG limb lead systems 73

10 Mean electrical axis (MEA) explained 75

11 Intraventricular conduction defects 79

12 Supraventricular arrhythmias: in–depth 86

Part 4: Management, clinical significance and treatment of arrhythmias 95

13 Management of arrhythmias 97

14 Clinical significance and treatment of tachyarrhythmias 102

15 Clinical significance and treatment of bradyarrhythmias 112

Part 5: Recording and interpreting ECGs 119

16 Approach to interpretation of the ECG recording 121

17 Artefacts 124

18 Recording an ECG 130

19 Choosing an ECG recorder 137

20 Ambulatory ECG monitoring 143

Further reading 152

Index 153

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"Overall, this book does an excellent job of describing the most common arrhythmias encountered, with easy–to–follow key points highlighted. It is an excellent guide for readers interested in gaining a basic understanding of how to read ECGs and treat patients with arrhythmias." (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 June 2016)
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