A Patient's Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems

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JHU Press, Dec 1, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 232 pages
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Heart rhythm problems can be a matter of life or death. In this easy-to-read guide, Dr. Todd Cohen provides comprehensive information to help people with heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Dr. Cohen tells readers what they need to know about palpitations, rapid heart rhythms (tachycardias), slow heart rhythms (bradycardias), cardiac arrest, and other conditions related to irregular heartbeats.

With the goal of informing and empowering heart patients, Dr. Cohen describes the heart’s basic function, the various conditions associated with arrhythmia, and recommended courses of treatment. He discusses such procedures as tilt table testing, electrophysiology studies, catheter ablation, and device implantation (including cardiac monitors, pacemakers, defibrillators, and biventricular devices); explains the essentials of CPR and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs); and presents the latest guidelines from the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society.

A Patient’s Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems will help readers understand

• how the heart works and what can go wrong• the tests and other diagnostic procedures they may undergo• how their doctor reaches a diagnosis• what their diagnosis means• how their doctor might treat the problem• when medication alone is sufficient treatment• when pacemaker, defibrillator, or biventricular therapy is appropriate• how to get the best possible medical care—in and out of the hospital

Endorsed by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, this essential resource features tables highlighting key information, as well as patient narratives that provide personal insight into arrhythmia tests, treatments, and technologies.

 

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Contents

Heart Rhythm Abnormalities
19
Color illustrations
36
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
41
Syncope
51
The Tests
57
Procedures and Medications for Treating Heart Problems
85
Devices for Treating Heart Problems
103
The Diseased Heart
129
Prevention and Resuscitation
151
Followup and Patient Care
163
Acknowledgments
175
Appendixes
177
Glossary
183
Bibliography
197
Index
201
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Todd J. Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S., is the director of Electrophysiology, director of the Pacemaker-Arrhythmia Center, and director of Advanced EP Technology and Innovations at Winthrop-University Hospital. He is an associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the author of Practical Electrophysiology, and the inventor of a number of medical devices.

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