Electrocardiography (ECG)


by

Jean-J. Goy, Jean-C. Stauffer, Jürg Schlaepfer, Pierre Christeler

DOI: 10.2174/97816080547941130101
eISBN: 978-1-60805-479-4, 2013
ISBN: 9780-1-60805-616-3



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This e-book starts with a comprehensive overview of the basic principles in Electrocardiography (ECG) with just enough depth to lift t...[view complete introduction]

Table of Contents

Foreword

- Pp. i

Mario Togni

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Preface

- Pp. ii-iii (2)

Jean-Jacques Goy

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List of Contributors

- Pp. iv

Jean-Jacques Goy

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General Principles and Definitions

- Pp. 3-22 (20)

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ECG Analysis

- Pp. 23-26 (4)

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Conduction Abnormalities

- Pp. 27-52 (26)

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Arrhythmias and Tachycardias

- Pp. 53-99 (47)

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Myocardial Ischemia, Myocardial Infarction

- Pp. 100-115 (16)

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Differential Diagnosis of Cardiac Ischemia

- Pp. 116-123 (8)

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Hypertrophy

- Pp. 124-132 (9)

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Electrolyte Disturbances and QT Interval Abnormalities

- Pp. 133-141 (9)

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Index

- Pp. 142-153 (12)

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Foreword

Since its introduction to clinical medicine more than a century ago, the electrocardiogram (ECG) has evolved into one of the most important diagnostic tools for the clinician. Most cardiac pathologies have an electrocardiographic correlate, and even in non-cardiac conditions such as alterations of body temperature, the ECG gives clues to the diagnosis and severity of the disease. The eBook by J.J. Goy and co-workers on ECG starts with a comprehensive overview of the basic principles with just enough depth to lift the reader above the crowd when it comes to understanding physics of electrocardiography. The subsequent chapters provide an approach to the analysis of the ECG. The most important sections follow with insight into conduction abnormalities, arrhythmia, and myocardial ischemia. The eBook is rounded up by chapters on long and short QT syndrome, and electrolyte abnormalities. In addition, the eBook is accompanied by a CD with 150 ECG tracings which are explained by animations.

I have been struck by the straightforward layout, the very clear format, and the abundant ECG tracings in this eBook. The diagnostic algorithms provided prove to be very useful in my daily work.

This makes this eBook very attractive for all levels of physicians and health-care professionals interested in ECG and it is a welcome addition to the medical literature. Congratulations to Professor Goy and coworkers on this important new eBook.

Mario Togni University of Fribourg
1700 Fribourg
Switzerland



Preface

Historial Willelm Eindhoven in Leiden was the first to record an electrocardiogramm (Figure below) in 1903. The subject would immerse each of their limbs into containers of salt solutions from which the ECG was recorded. He assigned the letters P, Q, R, S and T to the various deflections, naming of the waves in the ECG and described the electrocardiographic features of a number of cardiovascular disorders. In 1924, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery.

Though the basic principles of that era are still in use today, there have been many advances in electrocardiography over the years. The instrumentation, for example, has evolved from a cumbersome laboratory apparatus to compact electronic systems that often include computerized interpretation of the electrocardiogram.

With the need to stay as didactic as possible in mind, this eBook covers all aspects of electrocardiography in a detailed and clear fashion. The eBook is aimed at the student who is starting out in electrocardiography, as well as the general practitioner who wishes to improve his or her knowledge and the specialist to use as an aide mémoire.

A large collection of ECG traces allows all readers to practise their ECG interpretation skills and test their level of competence.

Jean-Jacques Goy
Cantonal Hospital
Switzerlarland

List of Contributors

Author(s):
Jean-J. Goy
Cantonal Hospital
Switzerland


Jean-C. Stauffer
Vaud University Hospital (CHUV)
Switzerland


Jürg Schlaepfer
Vaud University Hospital (CHUV)
Switzerland


Pierre Christeler
Hospital Area
Switzerland




Contributor(s):
Jean-Jacques Goy
Cantonal Hospital
Fribourg, 1700
Switzerland


Jean-Christophe Stauffer
Vaud University Hospital (CHUV)
Lausanne, 1011
Switzerland


Jürg Schlaepfer
Vaud University Hospital (CHUV)
Lausanne, 1011
Switzerland


Pierre Christeler
Hospital Area
Morges, 1110
Switzerland




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