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Making Sense of the ECG

A Hands-On Guide, Fourth Edition, 4th Edition

By Andrew Houghton, David Gray

CRC Press

264 pages | 195 B/W Illus.

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Highly Commended, BMA Medical Book Awards 2015

Interpreting an ECG correctly and working out what to do next can seem like a daunting task to the non-specialist, yet it is a skill that will be invaluable to any doctor, nurse, or paramedic when evaluating the condition of a patient.

Making Sense of the ECG has been written specifically with this in mind, and will help the student and more experienced healthcare practitioner to identify and answer crucial questions, including:

Are these abnormalities significant?

How to I distinguish between VT and SVT?

Has the patient had a myocardial infarction?

How do I measure the QT interval?

Should I refer this patient to a cardiologist?

This practical, easy-to-read and easy-to-remember guide to the ECG as a tool for diagnosis and management has been fully updated in its fourth edition to reflect the latest guidelines.


"The book's primary strength is its broad appeal. It is a great reference for medical students and interns or noncardiovascular subspecialists. Illustrations are plentiful, which is essential to recognizing ECG patterns."

—Shawn Ragbir, MD for Doody's Review Service

Table of Contents

Where to Find the ECGs. Where to Find the Medical Conditions. PQRST: Where the Waves Come From. Heart rate. Rhythm. The Axis. The P Wave. The PR Interval. The Q Wave. The QRS Complex. The ST Segment. The T Wave. The Qt Interval. The U Wave. Artefacts on the ECG. Pacemakers and Implantable. Cardioverter Defibrillators. Ambulatory ECG Recording. Exercise ECG Testing. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Index.

About the Authors

Andrew R. Houghton, Consultant Cardiologist, Grantham and District Hospital; Visiting Fellow, University of Lincoln, UK

David Gray, Reader in Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University Hospital, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Cardiology
MEDICAL / Emergency Medicine
MEDICAL / Internal Medicine
MEDICAL / Nursing / General