The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
May 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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By Tom Kenny, RN
Vice President, Clinical Education and Training, St. Jude Medical, Austin, TX, USA
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an exciting new option for a growing number of heart failure patients, but CRT systems present special challenges to clinicians, even those accustomed to working with pacemakers. Now, Tom Kenny demystifies the field in this timely, easy-to-understand paperback.
The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy concentrates on the practical aspects of how these devices work and how to follow the growing number of patients who are using them to fight heart failure. Designed specifically for the non-specialist, the book explains how the device works, how and why CRT-paced ECGs look different, and how to test for proper function of a CRT system. It also includes a systematic (numbered sequence) guide to follow-up that you can use in the clinic.
This practical reference offers:
- clear, straightforward explanations that require no prior training in device therapy
- many CRT ECGs to familiarize you with what you will encounter in practice
- a generous illustration program that includes diagrams, charts, and anatomy pictures to reinforce the text
- sensible advice on daily issues and troubleshooting systems
- current references to the latest clinical studies and device technology
- accessible information, organized for ease of navigation
- a helpful glossary at the end of the book
Both practicing and prospective clinicians will find CRT much less daunting when The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy is close at hand.