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Making Sense of the ECG: A Hands-on Guide, Second Edition [Paperback]

Andrew R Houghton , David Gray
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27 Jun 2003 0340809787 978-0340809785 2nd
A practical, hands-on book for the non-expert in ECG interpretation, heavily illustrated with 2-colour ECGs specially re-drawn from original ECG printouts. A wide range of abnormalities are included. ECG interpretation is explained in the context of overall patient assessment, with emphasis on crucial questions such as 'Are the abnormalities I can see significant?' and 'Has this patient had a myocardial infarction?' and then takes the reader through what to do about the problem identified, including 'Should I refer this patient to a specialist cardiologist?'

Chapter 1 provides a concise introduction to electrocardiography. The book is thereafter structured according to significant aspects of the ECG trace, e.g. 'The P wave' and The ST segment', aiding the development of essential pattern recognition skills. Information related to specific medical conditions or to specific ECG patterns is readily accessible via two special contents lists at the front of the book. The three final chapters present practical guidance on three key clinical scenarios (pacemakers, exercise testing, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation) related to ECG interpretation.

This book should be particularly invaluable to any non-cardiologist dealing with a cardiac problem in the middle of the night; it includes strict guidance on when to proceed and when to wake the expert up.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2nd edition (27 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340809787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340809785
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew R. Houghton is a Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Head of Echocardiography at Grantham & District Hospital, Lincolnshire, UK.

In 1997 his first book, Making Sense of the ECG (co-authored with David Gray), won the Richard Asher Prize for Best First Edition Textbook from the Royal Society of Medicine and the Society of Authors, and also won a Commendation from the British Medical Association.

Other textbooks include Chamberlain's Symptoms and Signs in Clinical Medicine (13th edition), published in 2010, and the 2nd edition Making Sense of Echocardiography, which was published in October 2013.

The 4th edition of Making Sense of the ECG is, together with the 2nd edition of its companion volume Making Sense of the ECG: Cases for Self-Assessment, due for publication in the spring of 2014.

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This is a readable book for those wishing to extend a rudimentary understanding of the ECG and give it a clinical context.
International Journal of Cardiology

A beautifully presented book which clearly and concisely explains the ECG. It is above all a practical guide...The illustrations are of high quality and make the text even more accessible. I would recommend this book extremely highly to junior doctors, senior medical students and cardiac nurses.
BMA Medical Book Competition Award judges comments --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Andrew R. Houghton is a Consultant Cardiologist at Grantham & District Hospital, Lincolnshire, and a Visiting Cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK. David Gray is Reader in Medicine & Honorary Consultant Physician in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University Hospital, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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a very easy reference book to use when you are either just learning ecg reading, or need a quick reminder when the old grey matter gives up. The writing in the book is clear and concise. The only bad point is its just bigger than pocket size, so I was unable to carry it in my pocket at work, hardly the end of the world! In a word Brill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great little reference book 11 Feb 2001
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A superb (largish) pocketbook, packed with useful advice. Suitable for beginners or those with a working knowledge of the ecg. If any part of an ecg complex has you puzzled, it's easy to find information from the individual chapters. Every department or ward that uses ecg's should have a copy for reference. On the minus side, the tracings are reduced in size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best ECG book I have read 30 Aug 2006
Andrew Houghton and David Gray have written a small masterpiece! This book logically takes you through the ECG, calmly analysing each component. The is leaps and bounds above ECG made easy. This book is best used in conjunction with 150 ecg problems. I used it at medical school and now I am using it again whilt preparing for MRCP exams. A definite must buy.

Dr Matthew Knight
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