Twelve-Lead Electrocardiography: Theory and Interpretation

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Springer Science & Business Media, May 26, 2007 - Medical - 172 pages
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If you are a cardiologist or have a photographic memory,you may not need Dr.Foster’s new book.But,for the rest of us on the front lines of emergency care,it is a valuable resource that you will want to have by your side at work. I have had the first edition of this book by my station in the emergency department for ten years now.I use it everyday for teaching house staff and often turn to it for reference myself. For those of us without perfect memories,Dr.Foster’s clinical approach is ideal. He has the knack of making the complex simple. He does not expect the reader to memorize every squiggle on the page; instead he inspires understanding by giving readers the tools they need to comprehend why ECGs look the way they do.When a resident comes to me with an ECG,I do not have to spend ten minutes delivering a confusing explanation.I just open Dr.Foster’s book to the right page and hand it to the resident for review. The book is organized so that you can turn to the relevant chapter and instantly know what the differential diagnosis might be.His selection of case studies covers the vast majority of the ECGs you will be called on to read in any sort of emergent situation; anything else can wait for the cardiologist.

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Essential Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology as It Relates to the Electrocardiogram
Electrocardiographic Waveforms
Cardiac Vectors and Lead Systems
Derivation of the Normal Electrocardiogram
Electrical Axis
The Hemiblocks
The Bundle Branch Blocks
Chamber Enlargement
Myocardial Infarction
Ischemia and Anginal Syndromes
The Electrocardiogram and the Clinical Evaluation of Chest Pain
The Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider and Therapeutic Interventions in Acute Myocardial Infarction
Miscellaneous Conditions
Case Presentations

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Dr D. Bruce Foster has been teaching electrocardiography for years to various audiences including interns, residents, nurses, paramedics, and in recent years, physician’s assistants. In large measure because of ACLS classes, most of them already had a pretty good understanding of dysrhythmias, so his teaching was primarily focused on the morphologic interpretation of ECGs. Absent a text on the market with which he was happy, he created his own course, and ultimately committed it to paper in the form of the first edition.

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