1st Edition

ECG for the Small Animal Practitioner

By Larry Tilley, Naomi Burtnick Copyright 2009
    106 Pages
    by Teton NewMedia

    This title provides ECG reference material in a fast and easy to use format. It is a wonderful reference for ECG data and provides samples of actual small animal ECG results with treatment recommendations. Easy to follow explanations of how to perform and interpret electrocardiograms are included. This presentation includes a brief review of physiology, technique and equipment, and interpretation of common electrocardiographic abnormalities. The friendly, non-textbook approach along with the use of helpful symbols, tips and examples, aid practitioners in learning to focus on the most elusive of features. A helpful drug formulary is provided in the appendix. The interpretation material is extremely helpful for the small animal practitioner, and the simple yet in-depth explanations are wonderful for the small animal technician. An ECG ruler which can be purchased separately allows the veterinarian to quickly determine heart rates and measure intervals easily and accurately. This is an excellent book for practitioners to keep by the ECG unit to insure that they do not miss even the slightest indication of cardiac irregularity. Published by Teton New Media in the USA and distributed by Manson Publishing outside of North America.

    "How To"
    Introduction & Helpful Hints
    Applications of the Electrocardiogram
    Circulation System
    Conduction System
    Five Physiologic Properties of Cardiac Muscle
    What is a Lead, Anyway?
    Generation of the Electrocardiogram
    Electrocardiographic Recording Technique
    ECG Paper & Standardization
    Calculating the Heart Rate
    Measuring the P-QRS-T
    Canine ECG Normal Values
    Feline ECG Normal Values
    Quick & Dirty Guide to ECG Enlargements & Bundle Branch Blocks
    Classification of Arrhythmias
    Building Blocks for Arrhythmia Interpretation
    Interpreting Arrhythmias–the Easy Way

    -Electrocardiographic Examples
    Normal Sinus Impulse Formation
    Normal Sinus Rhythm
    Sinus Arrhythmia
    Disturbances of Sinus Impulse Formation
    Sinus Bradycardia
    Sinus Tachycardia
    Disturbances of Supraventricular Impulse Formation
    Atrial Premature Complexes
    Atrial Tachycardia
    Atrial Fibrillation
    Atrioventricular (AV) Junctional Premature Complexes &Tachycardia
    Disturbances of Ventricular Impulse Formation
    Ventricular Premature Complexes
    Ventricular Tachycardia
    Ventricular Asystole
    Ventricular Fibrillation
    Disturbances of Impulse Conduction
    Sinus Arrest or Block
    Sick Sinus Syndrome
    Atrial Standstill
    Ventricular Pre-Excitation & Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
    Secret to Atrioventricular Blocks
    First-Degree Atrioventricular Block
    Second-Degree Atrioventricular Block
    Third-Degree Atrioventricular Block
    Left Bundle Branch Block
    Right Bundle Branch Block
    Escape Rhythms
    Junctional & Ventricular Escape Rhythms
    Miscellaneous Disturbances
    Pericardial Effusion (low voltage QRS complexes & electrical alternans)
    ST Segment & T Wave Changes
    Anti-Arrhythmic Drugs
    Recommended Textbook Readings


    Larry Tilley, Naomi Burtnick