Cardiac Pacemakers Step by Step: An Illustrated Guide

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Medical - 352 pages
Over the years we have heard many complaints that there is no very simple book on cardiac pacing for real beginners. We have also heard that all the books on cardiac pacing are too complicated and impossible to understand by beginners. Many have voiced the hope that one day someone would write a book in the same style as Dubin’s book on basic electrocardiography which is a huge bestseller with well over a million sold in many languages. A ‘Dummy’ book on cardiac pacing would appeal to nurses, cardiology technicians, medical students and pacemaker companies for training their staff.


We started with the assumption that the reader would know the principles of electrocardiography as in Dubin’s book but nothing about cardiac pacing. We carefully studied the Dubin book and believe that we have improved his teaching method. The book consists of numbered illustrations each illustrating a concept in the form of a diagram drawn professionally. We have been careful to make the artwork simple for easy comprehension.


Each illustration will occupy a page and have several lines of text below it. We have already completed most of these. It is essential that there are all in color, this is a unique selling point.


The 3 authors have had vast experience in the field. Dr Barold has published 10 books on cardiac pacing and wrote the section on cardiac pacing in the 4th and 5th Edition of Braunwald’s book, Heat Disease."
S. Serge Barold, Roland Stroobandt and Alfons Sinnaeve


Content:


  • The plates depicting a concept with occupy 1 pages. Each plate consists of a diagram and a short text.
  • All diagrams are in color. In black and white they would lose their teaching value
  • There will be approx 200 plates.
  • There will be approx 100 electrocardiograms.
  • There will be a glossary, appendices and index
 

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Contents

What is a pacemaker?
1
Recording pacemaker activity
2
Fundamentals of electricity
10
Ventricular stimulation
19
Pacing leads
34
Sensing basic concepts
41
Sensing advanced concepts
60
Basic pacemaker electrocardiography
73
Automatic mode switching
166
Pacemaker radiography
174
Oversensing
179
Troubleshooting
184
Pacemaker hemodynamics and rateadaptive pacing
197
Pacemaker tachycardias Part 1
225
Pacemaker tachycardias Part 2
231
Treatment of tachycardia
235

Other single chamber pacemakers
85
DDD pacemakers basic functions
88
DDD pacemakers upper rate response
106
Atrioventricular interval
122
Retrograde ventriculoatrial synchrony in dual chamber pacemakers
127
All dual chamber pacemakers function in the DDD mode
140
Types of lower rate timing
149
Atrial capture
156
Pacemaker interference
239
Biventricular pacing
246
Pacemaker followup
255
Conclusion
287
Text overview of cardiac pacemakers
291
Index
292
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About the author (2008)

Dr. S. Serge Barold, MB, BS, FRACP, FACC, Cardiology Division, Department of Medicine, Rochester General Hospital and University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Roland X. Stroobandt, MD, PhD, FHRS
Professor of Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.

Alfons F. Sinnaeve, ing., MSc
Professor Emeritus of Electronic Engineering, Technical University KUL-Vives, Department of Electronics, Oostende, Belgium.

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