EKGs for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant

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EKGs for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant

SKU# 9780826199560

Author: Maureen Knechtel MPAS, PA-C


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It is vital for NPs and PAs to be highly skilled in EKG interpretation to correctly identify high-risk patients and to make appropriate clinical decisions. This reference book is the first to present a comprehensive, multifaceted approach to EKG interpretation, covering all major topics required for expertise in this area.

Based on a physiologic approach that facilitates in-depth understanding, the text includes clinical scenarios that may be seen in practice, and firmly links the information found in the EKG printout to the patient's symptoms. It clearly presents the gamut of requisite topics in EKG interpretationófrom basic to complexóincluding topics not customarily addressed in depth, such as supraventricular tachycardias and pacemaker EKGs. The book's multifaceted approach to EKG interpretation is enhanced with new approaches and recommendations, charts, and tables. Review questions at the end of each chapter enable students to identify problem areas. This book helps NPs, PAs, and other health professionals master their EKG interpretation skills and apply them with confidence every day.

Key Features:

  • Presents the first comprehensive guide to EKG interpretation
  • Based on a physiological approach to promote in-depth understanding
  • Connects the patient's presenting symptoms to EKG interpretation
  • Uses charts, graphs, and printouts to support class discussion
  • Includes end-of-chapter review questions

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 28, 2013
  • Page Count 248
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826199560
  • EISBN 9780826199577

About The Author(s) 

Maureen A. Knechtel, MPAS, PA-C, received a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has spent her clinical career as a physician assistant specializing in general cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. She teaches EKG recognition and interpretation to both physician assistants and nurse practitioners and has been a guest lecturer nationally and locally on topics including chronic angina, ischemic heart disease in women, hypertension, and mixed hyperlipidemia. Maureen is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants, and is currently an assistant professor and principal faculty member with the Milligan College Physician Assistant Program.

Table of Contents 

Part I. Basics of Cardiac Physiology and Relationship to the EKG Rhythm Output

1. Introduction to the EKG and Anatomy of the Electrical Conduction System

2. Defining the Intervals

3. Lead Review

Part II. Interpreting the 12 Lead EKG

4. Rate

5. Rhythm

6. Axis

7. Heart Block

8. Ischemia and Infarction

Part III. Commonly Occurring Arrhythmias and EKG Findings

9. Supraventricular Tachycardia

10. Ventricular Arrhythmias

11. Paced EKGs

12. Drug Effects on the EKG

13. Left Ventricular Hypertrophy, Electrolyte Effects, and Other Miscellaneous Findings on EKG

Part IV. Clinical Application

14. Applying EKG Skills to Clinical Practice

Interview With The Author 

Interview with Maureen Knechtel: Author of EKGs for the Nurse Practitioner & Physician Assistant

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