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October 10, 1980

Cardiac Pacing: A Concise Guide to Clinical Practice

JAMA. 1980;244(15):1729. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310150063041

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Throughout the world 400,000 people have had electrical pacemaker systems implanted, including more than 150,000 people in the United States. Each year 60,000 pacemakers from approximately 20 major manufacturers of pulse generators are implanted in the United States alone. Basic information concerning electrical pacing systems is therefore important to all physicians who treat cardiac patients.

In Cardiac Pacing cardiologist Philip Varriale and thoracic surgeon Emil Naclerio, in conjunction with other experts in the technology and practice of cardiac pacing, discuss the electrophysiological concepts of cardiac pacing, the role of pacing in the management of patients with heart block and cardiac arrhythmias, the components of implantable pacing systems, and the techniques of surveillance important for pacemaker longevity.

The 329-page text is divided into 23 chapters. Cardiac conduction anatomy, conduction abnormalities, including bifascicular and trifascicular block and sick sinus syndrome, and indications for permanent cardiac pacing are briefly reviewed.

Chapters on the