This new edition, organized into four sections (the 12-lead electrocardiogram, arrhythmia recognition, abnormal 12-lead electrocardiograms, and special diagnostic and therapeutic procedures), includes new chapters on the athlete's ECG, in-hospital cardiac monitoring, congenital long QT syndrome, and Brugada syndrome, as well as new information on the acquired long QT syndrome, atrial fibrillation and flutter, acute myocardial infarction, and pacemaker therapies for bradyarrhythmias. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Reviewer:Karen S Yehle, PhD, MS, RN(Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description:Conover's text is much more than a book about learning to read 12-lead ECGs. It is a book that provides the reader with a great deal of information about many dysrhythmias, their causes, complications, treatments, and symptoms. The previous edition was published in 1996.
Purpose:The purpose of the text according to the author is "to help you approach the ECG with confidence and eagerness born from understanding, especially in the emergency settings of tachycardia, profound bradycardia, and drug toxicity". Another objective is that the reader will be an "informed clinician and teacher". I believe that the book clearly meets these objectives due to its rich content and attention to detail.
Audience:This text is not written for beginning clinicians. It is a well-written in-depth book geared toward seasoned practitioners. It could be used by novices, but I believe that much of its richness would be missed in the process of focusing on arrhythmia recognition that the new learner needs for a baseline understanding. I feel that this book is best used by clinicians who already have a grasp of dysrhythmia recognition who desire to learn 12-Lead ECG interpretation, causes, and treatments of a multitude of arrhythmias. The text is targeted to practitioners working in emergency situations, such as the emergency department and other critical care areas, but it has much application in other areas, such as cardiac rehabilitation.
Features:This book introduces the reader to 12-lead ECGs, dysrhythmias, abnormal 12-lead ECGs, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, and in-hospital cardiac monitoring. Each chapter has a heading that informs the reader about specific topics covered in the chapter, and provides the reader with the corresponding page numbers. The index is extensive, as are the references. The chapter covering atrial fibrillation is especially well-written and informative, and has a very extensive reference list.
Assessment:I believe this is a high-quality electrocardiography text that will be an extremely useful reference for many cardiovascular clinicians. Conover's 8th edition could be used as a graduate level text. This 8th edition has four new chapters that cover the following topics: Brugada syndrome, the athlete's ECG, in-hospital cardiac monitoring, and congenital long QT syndrome. I highly recommend this text as an addition to build upon one's cardiovascular library.