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Introduction to Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmias, Fifth Edition



Introduction to Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmias, Fifth Edition, uses clear, accessible language to explain how the heart functions and how to interpret ECGs. Designed for use by the spectrum of EMS, nursing, and other healthcare professionals, the Fifth Edition provides users with the critical knowledge needed to interpret dysrhythmias and determine the appropriate treatment.

Introduction to Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmias, Fifth Edition includes:

  • Coverage of the 2015 ECC and CPR guidelines
  • New content on basic 12-lead ECG interpretation
  • Real-life ECG strips to demonstrate each concept
  • A variety of review tools, including 200 additional practice rhythm strips, 22 case studies, and perforated review flashcards
  • Numerous review quizzes with a variety of question formats, as well as dysrhythmia practice strips and crossword puzzles
  • A new, modern design with the same familiar, easy-to-follow feel
Introduction to Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmias, Fifth Edition


  • Chapter_1  Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chapter_2  Monitoring and Telemetry
  • Chapter_3  Sinus and Atrial Dysrhythmias
  • Chapter_4  Junctional Dysrhythmias
  • Chapter_5  Heart Blocks
  • Chapter_6  Ventricular Dysrhythmias
  • Chapter_7  Funny Looking Beats and Pacemaker Rhythms
  • Chapter_8  Dysrhythmia Review
  • Chapter_9  Medication Review and Adult Treatment Guidelines
  • Chapter_10  Dysrhythmia Interpretation Practice
  • Chapter_11  Case Studies
  • Chapter _12  Introduction to Basic 12-Lead ECG Interpretation


Editorial Reviews

Reviewer: Deborah A Spoerner, MSN, RN, CPNP(Purdue University School of Nursing)

Description: This practical, easy-to-read guide to interpreting ECGs reflects updates from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care and reviews basic cardiac anatomy and physiology, uses a straightforward approach to ECG identification and discusses appropriate treatment options.

Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to explain what happens inside the heart when a dysrhythmia is seen and how to interpret dysrhythmias seen on a monitor or rhythm strip. Highlights include updated illustrations and materials, revised medication information, and updated information on pacemakers, ICDs, and AEDs. Since the 2009 edition, a companion CD with animation and 180 practice ECG strips has been added.

Audience: Although the book is intended for beginning students without a medical background, learners with some cardiac knowledge also could find it helpful as a review of dysrhythmias and treatment. It could be useful to beginning students, individuals with some medical knowledge, as well as those working in a cardiac specialty area. Concepts and materials presented in chapters 7 through 11 require a higher level of understanding and application of basic cardiac principles.

Features: “The book follows a logical, step-by-step process for ECG interpretation. Case studies, color illustrations, crossword puzzles, word puzzles, flashcards, and practical examples are used throughout to reinforce the content covered in each chapter. Highlights of the book include the 22 case studies, an appendix with flashcards for dysrhythmia and medication review, color illustrations and materials, and the companion CD.

Assessment: This is a practical, easy-to-read guide for beginning students interested in learning how to interpret ECGs. The revised fourth edition is essential due to the recent updates in the guidelines for emergency cardiovascular care and changes established by the American Heart Association for advanced cardiac life support in 2011.

Additional information

Weight 2.19 lbs
Dimensions 8.4 × 0.9 × 10.7 in
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