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May 14, 1982

What's New in Electrocardiography

Author Affiliations

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine San Diego

 

edited by H. J. J. Wellens and H. E. Kulbertus, 384 pp, 213 illus, $57.50, The Hague, Martinus Nijhoff; Hingham, MA 02043 (190 Old Derby St), Kluwer Boston Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(18):2597-2601. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320430093050

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Abstract

The contents of this book were presented at an international work-shop of the same name; the aim was to bring together new information about the ECG and help the practicing physician update his or her knowledge about the 12-lead ECG as Continued from p 2597. a diagnostic, therapeutic, and prognostic tool.

Some of the subjects include the prognostic value of the ECG, correlation with radionuclide findings during myocardial infarction, bundlebranch block, the short PR interval, pacemaker malfunction, the effects of aging, digitalis, and pulmonary embolism. Other interesting subjects are the diagnosis of myocardial infarction in pacemaker patients and in those with left bundle-branch block, differentiation between supraventricular and ventricular dysrhythmias, and a chapter on Torsade de Pointes.

Wellens presents further documentation that a QR or R pattern in V, in patients having a right bundle-branch block during tachycardia helps to pinpoint the origin as ventricular, whereas if there is an

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