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The ECG Made Easy Kindle Edition
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However, you will have to look elsewhere when confronted with management of the conditions described within. For example, you'll be able to interpret the ECG of atrial fibrillation, but the book won't tell you why this is significant, or your subsequent management of the condition (granted a good medical textbook will give you this information, but I'd have preferred to have the decisions section described alongside the various interpretation of arrthmias.
Gripes aside, 'ECG Made Easy' meets its main aims quite comfortably- a few reads, and at the very least, you'll approach ECGs in a logical, systematic manner. The rest comes with practice on the wards.
It starts off with basic info on the rate, rhythm and axis of ECGs then has a chapter on each of the main arrhythmias you'll come across. Some of the very basics in chapter one are not described very well (in particular, the cardiac axis paragraphs), occasionally lacking clarity and depth but they do use plenty of pictures to demonstrate what they are explaining to you and after a couple of reads you will begin to see what they are getting at.
Others have commented that the book could do with some more clinical details but I disagree - you should have a medical text book containing a section on cardiology already. I see it as a bonus that this pocket-sized book limits itself to the difficult enough topic of interpreting ECGs.
Lastly, there are 10 practice ECGs at the end for you to test yourseslf on, with answers explained fully.
Overall, I found it to be a useful book that can give you a reasonable introduction as to how to start reading, interpreting and presenting ECGs to your colleagues. It was great for last minute cramming before OSCE-type exams (at GKT anyway!), and should be good for anyone who doesn't have a kindly cardiologist who wants to teach you how to read them him/herself!
What concerns me, are the (admittedly small) number of students who read this book and then consider themselves able to interpret ECG's. It can be much harder to teach those who have preconceived ideas instilled by this book.
If you want an introduction to the ECG, look around a little. There are a number of genuinely excellent books on the market Introduction to 12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation (Garcia, Introduction to 12-Lead ECG) suitable for doctors, nurses, paramedics and associated HCP's. Ideas on both ECG interpretation and teaching / learning methods have come a long way since the introduction of this book.
A good book together with experience of interpreting real ECG's in the clinical setting will stand you in good stead.
The best part about this book is that it's short, and thus non-intimidating! You can read it in a weekend and by the end, you'll be well on your way to understanding ECGs. From there, you can pick up ECG problems books and try to interpret them, then refer back to the book when you get stuck. I also disagree that it's too basic. I think if you know everything in this book (which is achievable), you'd know by far enough to pass basic medical exams.
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