Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers and Defibrillators: All You Wanted to Know
March 2006, BMJ Books
Not only does Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers and
Defibrillators provide a sound introduction to the subject, in
the later chapters it goes beyond the basics, introducing more
advanced techniques such as lead extraction. It can be used both
for those in training and for those with direct patient care
With its up to date, evidence-based approach and inclusion of the latest AHA guidelines on pacing, this is an ideal guide to a major aspect of modern cardiac management.
1 Basic principles of pacing.
2 Temporary cardiac pacing.
Oliver R. Segal, Vias Markides, D. Wyn Davies, and Nicholas S. Peters.
3 Pacemaker implantation and indications.
Aneesh V. Tolat and Peter J. Zimetbaum.
4 The ICD and how it works.
Henry F. Clemo and Kenneth A. Ellenbogen.
5 Indications for the implanted cardioverter-defibrillator.
Alfred E. Buxton.
6 ICD follow-up: complications, troubleshooting, and emergencies related to ICDs.
Kristin E. Ellison.
7 Pacing therapies for heart failure.
Rebecca E. Lane, Martin R. Cowie, and Anthony W.C. Chow.
8 Pacing in special cases: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease.
Martin Lowe and Fiona Walker.
9 Lead problems, device infections, and lead extraction.
Richard Schilling and Simon Sporton.
Alfred Buxton, Cardiovascular Division, Brown Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital.
- Includes the latest AHA guidelines
- Covers lead extraction
- Authors from leading centres in the UK and USA
The electrocardiogram (ECG) diagrams are easy to understand in
this section and
I particularly enjoyed the ‘frequently asked
questions’ at the end of the chapter…
The following chapter on pacemaker implantation discusses the
modes of pacemakers and what the abbreviations mean. This is quite
enlightening, as not many people actually know this. The chapter is
in depth, especially about the types of pacemakers, and their
I found the chapter on ICD follow-up very useful…
The rest of the book was very informative and answered a lot of
previously unanswered questions, especially on heart
I enjoyed the book. I found it interesting and appreciated the
chapters and how they dealt with each sub-group of pacemaker
- Andrew Karrouze, Coronary Care Unit, University Hospital, Lewisham, SE13 6LH. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, March 2007, Vol 2 No 3