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Small Animal ECGs: An Introductory Guide

Handbook / Manual
Written by a Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
New chapters on the management and treatment of arrhythmias and on choosing an ECG recorder
Suitable for all veterinary professionals, including practitioners, veterinary students, nurses and technicians

By: Mike Martin (Author)

176 pages, illustrations

Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback | Oct 2015 | Edition: 3 | #232055 | ISBN-13: 9781118409732
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About this book

Small Animal ECGs: An Introductory Guide provides all the information veterinarians need when using electrocardiography techniques for the first time.
- An ideal introduction to veterinary electrocardiography written in a very easy to understand way, for what can be a daunting subject
- The author is RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and regularly speaks on this subject
- Full of examples of colour ECG tracings, as well as colour illustrations to explain arrhythmias
- Covers techniques that can readily be used in first opinion small animal practice
- Includes new chapters on mechanisms of supraventricular arrhythmias, accelerated idioventricular rhythm and use of Holters

"Overall, this book does an excellent job of describing the most common arrhythmias encountered, with easy-to-follow key points highlighted. It is an excellent guide for readers interested in gaining a basic understanding of how to read ECGs and treat patients with arrhythmias."
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 June 2016

"I think the book is clear and logical and much loved by the students."
– Dr. Joanna Dukes-McEwan BVMS, MVM, PhD, DVC, DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology), MRCVS, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Cardiology, University of Liverpool

"I think it would be difficult to improve the book, in that it does well what it sets out to do."
– Dr. Paul Wotton BVSc, PhD, DVC, MRCVS, Honorary Clinical Fellow, Small Animal Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow

"I have to say I love this book! It manages to simplify the basics of electrocardiography with clear diagrams and concise writing."
– Yolanda Martinez Pereira LdaVet CertVC DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS, Lecturer in Veterinary Cardiology, Hospital for Small Animals, University of Edinburgh

"Overall I think this is a great book for GPs and keeping it simple is key."
– Stephen Collins BVetMed DVC MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology, Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists, Hampshire


Contents

Preface to third edition vii
About the author ix
Acknowledgements xi
Abbreviations xiii

Part 1: Understanding the electricity of the heart and how it produces an ECG complex 1
1 What is an ECG? 3
2 The electricity of the heart 4
3 Rhythms of sinus origin 10

Part 2: Abnormal electricity of the heart 15
4 Recognising and understanding ectopia 17
5 Ventricular arrhythmias 27
6 Supraventricular arrhythmias 44
7 Abnormalities in the conduction system 54
8 Changes in the P–QRS–Tmorphology 63

Part 3: More advanced electrocardiography 71
9 Understanding the ECG limb lead systems 73
10 Mean electrical axis (MEA) explained 75
11 Intraventricular conduction defects 79
12 Supraventricular arrhythmias: in-depth 86

Part 4: Management, clinical significance and treatment of arrhythmias 95
13 Management of arrhythmias 97
14 Clinical significance and treatment of tachyarrhythmias 102
15 Clinical significance and treatment of bradyarrhythmias 112

Part 5: Recording and interpreting ECGs 119
16 Approach to interpretation of the ECG recording 121
17 Artefacts 124
18 Recording an ECG 130
19 Choosing an ECG recorder 137
20 Ambulatory ECG monitoring 143

Further reading 152
Index 153


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Biography

Mike Martin holds a Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology and has been an RCVS Recognised Specialist since 1995. He has been an examiner at Certificate and Diploma level for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has been both Honorary Secretary and Chairman of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society. He has published over 40 scientific peer reviewed papers. He is a recipient of BSAVA awards: in 1993 the Dunkin Award, in 2000 the Melton Award, in 2006 the Petsavers Award and in 2010 the Dunkin & Blaine Awards. He is a frequent CPD lecturer within Europe and has presented his clinical research at Specialist Cardiology meetings in both Europe and the USA.

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