January 1988

Temporary Cardiac Pacing

Author Affiliations

Worcester, Mass


by Carl E. Bartecchi, 260 pp, with illus, $45, Chicago, Precept Press Inc, 1987.

Arch Intern Med. 1988;148(1):21. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380010025002

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This book is a comprehensive review of the many aspects of temporary cardiac pacing. Initial chapters include an interesting discussion on the history of cardiac pacing and emergency measures that can be instituted before temporary pacing is established. This is followed by chapters on indications for temporary pacing, technical aspects such as establishing central venous access and positioning the leads, potential complications of the procedure, and trouble shooting for pacer malfunction.

Several chapters are devoted to newer techniques and concepts in temporary pacing. A chapter is devoted to transcutaneous cardiac pacing, which may play an increasing role in the emergency setting before transvenous pacing can be established. The sections on temporary atrial and atrioventricular sequential pacing discuss the benefits and indications of these types of pacing over ventricular pacing. Although temporary atrial pacing is often not necessary, the author discusses the situations where atrial pacing can result in a significant

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