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The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Pacing, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-75027-8
176 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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There are millions of pacemaker patients in the world and this number is increasing. It is not unusual for these patients to be cared for by clinicians with no formal training in cardiac rhythm management devices.

While there are many excellent pacing and defibrillation books, they are nearly all written by physicians for physicians. The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Pacing is written specifically for non-cardiologists in a lively, intelligent and easy to follow style.

It emphasizes real-life clinical practice and practical tips, including illustrations from actual clinical settings. Each chapter concludes with a checklist of key points from each subject (“Nuts and Bolts”).

Building layer by layer on the fundamental principles and concluding with advanced concepts, The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Pacing is intended for a novice to appreciate overall concepts and for a seasoned veteran to turn to answer a specific question.

This book offers practical, reliable and objective information on cardiac devices – it’s easy to pick up, find what you need, and put down.

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Table of Contents

1. The Healthy Heart.

2. The Conduction System.

3. Indications for Pacing.

4. The History of Pacing.

5. Implantable Device Codes.

6. Pacemaker Technology.

7. Lead Technology.

8. Implant Techniques.

9. Single-Chamber Pacing.

10. Dual-Chamber Pacing.

11. Basic Paced ECG Interpretation.

12. Rate-Responsive Pacing.

13. Special Features.

14. Systematic Follow-Up.

15. Troubleshooting and Diagnostics.

16. Advanced features.



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Author Information

Tom Kenny is Vice President of Clinical Education and Training at the US Division of St Jude Medical. He has six years experience in critical care nursing and began his teaching career as a critical care instructor while still active as a nurse. In 1991, he joined the medical device industry. Tom served at Intermedics as Director of Education and was became Vice President of Clinical Training and Education in 2001.

In addition to an active teaching schedule as well as developing new training and educational programs, Tom frequently speaks at such notable organizations as the AACN Critical Care Symposium, the AACN World Symposium on Critical Care and the Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE). Tom has trained thousands of nurses, technicians, fellows, and practicing physicians on the management of patients with implantable device therapy.

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The Wiley Advantage

Practical, reliable and objective information on cardiac devices for non-cardiologists

  • A lively, intelligent and easy to navigate style
  • 70 illustrations from actual clinical settings
  • Emphasizes real-life clinical practice and practical tips
  • Starting with the basics and concludes with advanced concepts
  • Each chapter ends with a checklist of “Nuts & Bolts” (key points on each subject)
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“The book is clearly laid out and well written. The text is divided into digestible chapters-ranging from indications to more complex aspects such as troubleshooting and sensitivity. The illustrations are of excellent quality and supplement the text well.

I recommend this text to any health professionals who wish to increase their knowledge on cardiac pacing.” - British Journal of Cardiac Nursing - June 2007

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