Practical ECG Interpretation: Clues to Heart Disease in Young Adults
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: The Basics of Electrocardiography – A Brief Introduction to the Essentials.
1 Action Potentials.
2 Anatomy and Blood Supply of the Conduction System.
3 Normal Conduction and Complexes.
4 Electrodes and Leads.
Part II: Helpful Hints in Interpreting ECGs in Young Adults.
5 Normal Rhythm and Rate.
6 Determining Axis and Intervals.
7 Effects of Electrolyte Abnormalities on ECG.
8 ECG Clues to the Presence of Hemodynamically Significant Congenital or Valvular Heart Disease in Young Adults.
9 ECG Clues to the Presence of an Increased Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Adults.
Part III: Specific ECG Tracings and Diagnoses.
Section A: Conduction System Disease.
10 Atrial Flutter with 1:1 Conduction.
11 Atrioventricular Nodal Re-Entry Tachycardia.
12 Atrial Fibrillation.
13 Atrial Tachycardia.
14 Brugada Syndrome.
15 Complete Heart Block.
16 Long QT Syndrome.
17 Ventricular Tachycardia.
18 Wolff–Parkinson–White Syndrome.
Section B: Congenital Heart Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension and Valvular Heart Disease.
19 Atrial Septal Defect – Secundum.
20 Atrial Septal Defect – Primum.
22 Patent Ductus Arteriosus.
23 Tetralogy of Fallot.
24 Ventricular Septal Defect.
25 Mitral Stenosis.
26 Aortic Insufficiency.
27 Pulmonic Stenosis.
28 Pulmonary Hypertension.
Section C: Coronary Artery Disease, Pericarditis and Cardiomyopathies.
29 Dilated Cardiomyopathy.
30 Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
31 Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia.
32 Anterior Myocardial Infarction.
33 Inferior-Posterior Myocardial Infarction.
34 Diagnosis of Myocardial Infarction with Existing Bundle Branch Block.
Section D: Cardiovascular Manifestations of Systemic Diseases.
36 Muscular Dystrophy.
37 Intracerebral Bleed.
38 Pulmonary Embolus.
Section E: Miscellaneous.
41 Early Repolarization.
43 Digoxin Toxicity.
44 Atrial Myxoma.
Vice Chief of Cardiology
University of North Carolina
- Provides ECG information and examples drawn from young adults with interesting stories
- Author has spent many years developing material to teach ECGs to medical students
- Starts with an introductory section (outlining the basics of ECG interpretation) followed by 'ECG case studies' from young patients
- Provides more details on the clinical vignette, limiting the ECGs examples to those from young adults