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Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers and Defibrillators: All You Wanted to Know

Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers and Defibrillators: All You Wanted to Know

Anthony W C Chow (Editor), Alfred E Buxton (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-75053-7 November 2007 BMJ Books 184 Pages


Pacing and ICDs are used increasingly in the management of arrhythmias and a number of different cardiac conditions. Specialists, general cardiologists and general physicians are now closely involved in managing patients with these devices. Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers and Defibrillators: All you wanted to know is written by leading specialists from the UK and USA and is designed for all physicians looking for a clear and comprehensive introduction to the principles and functions of these devices. The focus of this book has been on the indications for these devices and continuing patient management for the generalist and those in training – including complications and troubleshooting that arise peri- and post-implantation.

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 responsibilities.

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.

List of contributors.


1 Basic principles of pacing.

Malcolm Kirk.

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.


"The first chapter of this book discusses the basic principles of pacing and does it very well…

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 indications…

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 failure…

I enjoyed the book. I found it interesting and appreciated the chapters and how they dealt with each sub-group of pacemaker implantation."

- Andrew Karrouze, Coronary Care Unit, University Hospital, Lewisham, SE13 6LH. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, March 2007, Vol 2 No 3

A practical, easy to follow guide to ICDs, conventional pacing and biventricular pacing

  • Includes the latest AHA guidelines

  • Covers lead extraction

  • Authors from leading centres in the UK and USA