Although the remarks that follow are based can be induced in a completely healthy heart by a relatively minor perturbation, on my reading not of the volume itself, but on my reading of the table of contents and namely, an electrical stimulus delivered in the vulnerable period. On the other hand, it of the editors' comments on each of the main sections of the book, it is clear that this is a very rare event, since during a lifetime synthesis is a timely one that shows how of 70 years, the average human heart con- much we have learned in the past 30 years tracts and relaxes some 2. 5 billion times about tachyarrhythmias. This book also sets without developing persistent ventricular the stage for further research. New insights fibrillation. That an event so easily induced into the cellular basis for the generation of in a normal heart should occur so rarely is arrhythmias, new studies of fibrillation, an intriguing fact that seems worth bearing deeper investigations of the role of the ner- in mind as we continue to investigate this fascinating phenomenon.
I. Basic Mechanisms and Classification: Editorial Comment.- 1. Mechanisms of Tachycardia.- 2. Ventricular Fibrillation.- 3. Cardiac Automaticity in Normal and Some Abnormal Conditions.- 4. Effects of Autonomic Tone on Tachycardias.- 5. Historical Background and Evolution of Established and Obsolete Terms Used to Characterize Tachycardia.- II. Supraventricular Tachycardias: Editorial Comment.- 6. Electrophysiology, Mechanisms, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Paroxysmal Recurrent Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia.- 7. Tachycardias in which the Reentry Circuit Includes Atrioventricular Bypass Tracts.- 8. Supraventricular Ectopic Tachycardias due to Mechanisms Other than Reentry.- 9. Role of Electrophysiologic Studies in the Diagnosis of Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardias.- 10. Tachycardia-Bradycardia Syndrome.- 11. Observations on the Mechanism of Atrial Flutter.- 12. Atrial Fibrillation.- 13. Ventricular Response in Atrial Fibrillation: Effects of AV Nodal Refractory Periods, Atrioventricular Block, and Preexcitation Syndromes.- III. Ventricular Tachycardias: Editorial Comment.- 14. Ventricular Tachycardia in Man: Mechanisms.- 15. Torsades de Pointes.- 16.Electrophysiologic Testing in Ventricular Tachycardia: Diagnosis and Methodology.- IV. Underlying Conditions: Editorial Comment.- 17. Tachycardias in Children.- 18. Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias in the Various Stages of Ischemic Heart Disease.- 19. Arrhythmia in Cardiomyopathy.- 20. Arrhythmias Associated with Mitral Valve Prolapse.- 21. Digitalis-Induced Tachycardias.- 22. Tachycardia Related to Electrolyte Imbalance.- V. Approaches to Therapy: Editorial Comment.- 23. Digitalis and Beta-adrenergic Blocking Drugs for the Treatment of Tachycardias.- 24. Role of Slow Channel Blocking Drugs in the Treatment of Tachycardias.- 25. Drugs Acting on the Fast Inward Sodium Current in the Management of Tachycardias.- 26. Amiodarone.- 27. Bretylium Tosylate in the Treatment of Tachycardias.- 28. Role of Pacing in the Treatment of Tachycardias.- 29. Role of Surgery in the Treatment of Tachycardias.- 30. Role of Electrophysiologic Studies in the Treatment of Tachycardias.- References.
Series: Developments in Oncology Series
Number Of Pages: 676
Published: December 2009
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78
Weight (kg): 1.41