Flip and See ECGs - Revised Reprint - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780323085229, 9780323292160

Flip and See ECGs - Revised Reprint

3rd Edition

Authors: Elizabeth Cohn
eBook ISBN: 9780323292160
Paperback ISBN: 9780323085229
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 3rd May 2011

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When it comes to learning 3-lead ECG interpretation, there’s simply no faster or easier way to master basic rhythms than this unique book - now updated to reflect the 2010 emergency cardiovascular care guidelines! Using a fun and easy-to-understand writing style, it uses humor, cartoons, and personal stories to walk you through the entire ECG process – from finding a heartbeat, to monitoring an electrocardiogram, to interpreting the heart rhythm. A unique “Flip and See” section allows you to view normal ECGs on one side of the page and abnormal ECGs on the other, along with concise text that clearly explains the differences between them. In addition, you’ll find commonly asked questions and answers throughout the text.

Key Features

  • Thumb tabs and lay-flat spiral binding make it easy to use anywhere, and the small size fits easily into a lab coat pocket.
  • Unique Flip and See section at the end of the book allows you to see each rhythm side-by-side with a normal ECG rhythm, and a written walkthrough explains the important differences between the rhythms.
  • Conversational language and clear illustrations and cartoons make the information easily accessible and understandable – as well as easy to remember and fun to learn.
  • Includes Cohn’s Pocket Guide for ECG Interpretation, a plastic heart rate ruler that’s useful for both students and practitioners as an aid in rhythm interpretation.

Table of Contents

Symbols Used in This Book

How to Approach ECGs

Tab 1: How the Heart Works

The Heart


Physiology (Function)

Anatomy (Structure)

Cardiac Cycle


Conduction Pathways

Sinoatrial Node

Atrioventricular Node

Tab 2: The ECG


Lead Placement and Vectors

Reading ECGs: P-waves, QRS Complexes and T Waves - P Wave - P-R Interval - QRS Complex - ST Segment

T Wave

Tab 3: Introduction to the Rhythms

Introduction to the Rhythms

Naming Rhythms

Normal Sinus Rhythm

Sinus Arrhythmia

Sinus Bradycardia

Sinus Tachycardia

Atrial Flutter

Atrial Fibrillation

Supraventricular Tachycardia

Ventricular Tachycardia

Torsades de Pointes

Ventricular Fibrillation


Heart Blocks - First Degree AV Heart Block

Second Degree AV Heart Block, also known as Mobitz Type I (Wenckebach)

Second Degree AV Heart Block, Also Known as Mobitz Type II

Complete Heart Block (Third Degree)

Artificial Pacemakers

Tab 4: How to Interpret ECGs

ECG Paper

Normal ECG

Calculating Rate

Measuring ECG Waveforms

ECG Calipers

The Isoelectric Line

Ectopic Activity - Premature Atrial Contraction

Premature Junctional Contraction - Pemature Ventricular Contraction Summary

Clues to Identifying Rhythms

Tab 5: How to Use the Flip and See Portion of This Book

Flip and See Guided Tutorial

1. normal

2. sinus arrhythmia

3. sinus bradycardia

4. sinus tachycardia

5. premature atrial contractions

6. premature ventricular contraction

7. atrial flutter

8. atrial fibrillation

9. supraventricular tachycardia

10. ventricular tachycardia



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About the Author

Elizabeth Cohn

Affiliations and Expertise

Adelphi University, Garden City, NY