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The ECG in Clinical Decision Making

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ISBN 9781853155352
Published August 30, 2004 by CRC Press
368 Pages

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Book Description

Electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis is a valuable skill an is extremely useful in diagnosis, monitoring of disease progression and response to treatment. Thsi book will introduce the novice to ECGs and will improve the interpretative skills of the more experienced ECG-reader.

This book features:
- Informative diagrams and illustrations
- Full description of the principles underlying the ECG
- Examples of ECGs in different conditions
- A detailed explanation of how ECG interpretation depends critically on the clinical circumstances
- Full clinical information to allow readers to interpret the ECG in a variety of different clinical situations

The ECG in Clinical-Decision Making has been written for a wide variety of health professionals, including medical and nursing students, junior and senior doctors of all specialties, CCU and ITU nurses, cardiac physiologists and chest-pain and heart-failure nurses.

Table of Contents

About the Author
List of abbreviations
1. Introduction to the ECG
2. Abnormalities of the P wave
3. Abnormalities of the QRS complex
4. ST segment and T wave abnormalities
5. The ECG in chest pain
6. The ECG in breathlessness and heart failure
7. The ECG and palpitations
8. The ECG in syncope
9. The ECG in arrhythmia
10. The ECG in ischaemic heart disease
11. The exercise stress ECG
12. ECG devices for remote recording of arrhythmias
13. Provocative electrophysiological studies
14. The ECG in miscellaneous conditions
15. Pacemakers and the ECG
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Patrick Davey is both an interventional and a general cardiologist, as well as a busy general physician working in two large hospitals. This broad range of professional activities has given him a unique exposure to the ECGs of many varied patients and a detailed understanding of how these correlate with subsequent investigative findings. He is also the editor of a best-selling textbook of medicine.


The advice and interpretation given is useful, wise and appropriate and is the type of information that one only picks up through years in the job. The book is full of clear common sense and clinical pearls. I highly recommend this book. It is compulsory reading for anyone involved in making clinical decisions based on ECG interpretation. It should be read by physicians, anaesthetists and others and will be invaluable to medical SHOs and registrars making decisions. I wish it had been around when I was training but better late than never.

This book is targeted towards clinicians, residents, interns, nurses, and medical students. This book provides great insight and understanding of electrocardiography. The text, the illustrations, the diagrams, and the tables are succinctly integrated in this book. Reading it is effortless. This book is so concise and instructive in its explanation of electrocardiograms that clinicians of all specialties should read it.
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5 Stars: Superb
I'm a consultant physician. This book is excellent. Wish it had been around when I was a junior doc. Buy it and outsmart the rest. Great clinical pearls and practical advice for grown up docs.

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