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Introduction
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Clinical Electrocardiography: Review and Study Guide has been designed to provide physicians with a clinically relevant, academic approach to the interpretation of electrocardiograms. This test should be useful to any physician who interprets electrocardiograms, including cardiologists, internists, family practitioners, anesthesiologists, critical care specialists, medical students, or any health care provider who wishes to maintain a high competency in the interpretation of electrocardiograms. The board-review format should provide a particularly useful instrument for candidates taking the cardiology board or electrocardiography proficiency examinations. Use of the review text should help the reader to (1) recognize common and uncommon electrocardiographic diagnoses, (2) learn the principles of interpreting cardiac arrhythmias, (3) identify areas of weakness, and (4) correlate electrocardiographic data with clinically relevant information.

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This text contains a total of 200 electrocardiograms. All use a full-sized, three-channel format with a concomitant lead II rhythm strip. Both a narrative and a board-examination type of format are used for interpretation. The narrative interpretation is designed to simulate that used in a hospital’s electrocardiographic laboratory. The board-review format is designed to resemble that which appears on the electrocardiographic portion of the cardiology board examination and that of the electrocardiography proficiency test of the American College of Cardiology.

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The 200 electrocardiograms are divided into five tests of 40 tracings each. A brief clinical history appears with each electrocardiogram. Answers, explanations, and material for further reading are provided. A section of diagnostic criteria for standard electrocardiographic diagnoses precedes the first test.

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