Interpretation of Cardiac Arrhythmias

Self-Assessment Approach

  • Zainul Abedin
  • Robert Conner

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 220)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Zainul Abedin, Robert Conner
    Pages 1-10
  3. Zainul Abedin, Robert Conner
    Pages 11-22
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    Pages 23-42
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    Pages 43-69
  6. Zainul Abedin, Robert Conner
    Pages 71-116
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    Pages 117-132
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    Pages 133-160
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    Pages 161-198
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    Pages 199-222
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    Pages 223-254
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    Pages 255-264
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    Pages 265-298
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    Pages 299-357
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    Pages 359-381
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    Pages 383-457
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    Pages 459-464
  18. Zainul Abedin, Robert Conner
    Pages 465-513
  19. Zainul Abedin, Robert Conner
    Pages 515-569
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 571-578

About this book

Introduction

Accurate diagnosis of arrhythmias is the goal of this volume. Before the clinician can accurately classify the multiple permutations of cardiac rhythm encountered in daily practice, several essential preconditions must be met. At the most basic level, the clinician must know the diagnostic criteria for each rhythm. Without a clear understanding of these criteria, an accurate differential diagnosis is impossible, and without accurate diagnosis, correct intervention is a mere matter of chance.
A second precondition of accurate rhythm diagnosis is an understanding of the mechanism of arrhythmias. Not uncommonly, two or more arrhythmic mechanisms coexist, confronting the clinician with a baffling mixture of apparently unrelated complexes and intervals. Without an understanding of the various arrhythmic mechanisms, simple and complex, the tangled skein of data can never be unraveled.
Finally accurate arrhythmia diagnosis depends on skill attained through practice. The competent electrocardiographer combines the skills of precise measurement and rational application of logic with broad theoretical knowledge. The pleasure of electrocardiography is seeing through the surface appearance to the inner workings.
Interpretation of Cardiac Arrhythmias presupposes no prior knowledge of arrhythmias, and progresses from basic to the complex. The didactic sections focus extensively on the mechanism of arrhythmia, using laddergrams and other diagramatic devices to help the student visualize what is happening with the cardiac conduction system. Extensive self-assessment sections enable students to apply critical skills and test their grasp of the diagnostic criteria.

Keywords

Bypass anatomy arrhythmia atrial fibrillation differential diagnosis electrocardiogram (ECG) electrocardiography pacemaker

Authors and affiliations

  • Zainul Abedin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert Conner
  1. 1.Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterEl PasoUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4607-8
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7082-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4607-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0166-9842
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