ECG Interpretation Made Ridiculously Simple

ECG Interpretation Made Ridiculously Simple is designed to provide present-day clinicians and trainees with a lucid, straightforward summary of the fundamental principles of ECG analysis and interpretation. Written by the clinician for the clinician, this handy guide distills basic ECG concepts into a concise, clear, minimum, while including the essential information to read and interpret ECG’s accurately and confidently.


Book Details






June 15,2020



About The Author

Michael A Chizner

Michael A. Chizner, MD is a nationally renowned cardiologist and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at six universities in the state of Florida. He is the Founder and former Chief Medical Director of The Heart Center of Excellence at Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Chizner has served as Chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine, and written and edited numerous articles and books in cardiology. His best-selling book, Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple, is currently being used in medical schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Chizner is listed as one of the top 1 percent of physicians in the nation in the first Top Doctors List compiled by U.S. News & World Report, and is a recipient of the prestigious Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

Table of Contents:

About the Author
Sequence of ECG Interpretation (inside back cover)
Normal Values (inside back cover)

Part I The Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Chapter 1   Basic Electrocardiography
Cardiac electrical activity and the ECG • The cardiac conduction system • ECG electrodes and leads

Chapter 2   A Systematic Approach to ECG Interpretation
The standard 12-lead ECG • Rate and rhythm • The P wave • The QRS complex • The T wave • The U wave • The PR interval • The ST segment • The QT interval • QRS axis


Part II Major ECG Abnormalities: Diagnostic Clues and Clinical Correlations

Chapter 3   Myocardial Ischemia and Infarction
ECG changes in ischemia, injury, and infarction • Classic (stable and unstable) angina pectoris • Prinzmetal’s (variant) angina • ST elevation (Q wave) MI • Non-ST elevation (non-Q wave) MI • Localization of myocardial infarction • Inferior wall MI • Lateral wall MI • Anterior wall MI • Posterior wall MI • Evolution of myocardial infarction • Right ventricular MI • ST elevation MI in LBBB • ECG signs of reperfusion • Limitations of the ECG in MI

Chapter 4   Cardiac Chamber Enlargement and Hypertrophy
Left atrial enlargement • Right atrial enlargement • Left ventricular hypertrophy • Right ventricular hypertrophy

Chapter 5   Arrhythmias and Conduction Disturbances
Mechanisms of arrhythmias • Supraventricular arrhythmias • Premature atrial contractions • AV nodal reentrant tachycardia • AV reentrant tachycardia • Preexcitation (Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, Lown-Ganong-Levine syndrome) • Multifocal atrial tachycardia • Atrial flutter • Atrial fibrillation • AV junctional arrhythmias • Vagal maneuvers • Ventricular arrhythmias • Premature ventricular contractions • Ventricular tachycardia • VT versus SVT with aberrancy • Torsades de pointes • Ventricular fibrillation • Electrical cardioversion and defibrillation • Sinus arrest and sinus exit block • Sick sinus syndrome • First-, second-, and third- degree AV block • Bundle branch block • Fascicular block • Cardiac pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators

Chapter 6   Miscellaneous ECG Patterns
Pericarditis • Early repolarization • Hypothermia • LV aneurysm • Mimics of myocardial ischemia and infarction

Chapter 7   Pearls and Pitfalls in ECG Interpretation
Misinterpretation of ECG findings • Limitations of computer ECG analysis • Athlete’s heart • ECG markers of sudden cardiac death • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy • Arrhythmogenic RV cardiomyopathy • Brugada syndrome • Long QT syndrome

Chapter 8   Specialized ECG-based Tools and Techniques
Ambulatory ECG (Holter) monitoring • Event recording • Tilt table testing • Exercise ECG stress testing • Signal-averaged ECG • Electrophysiologic studies (EPS)

Appendix A   Common ECG Findings in Selected Cardiac and Noncardiac Conditions
Appendix B   Practice ECGs: Putting It All Together
Selected Reading