We dedicate this book (ECG Masters Collection) in memory of Mark E. Josephson, MD (January 27, 1943 – January 11, 2017), who inspired and mentored many of us. He gave the electrogram a new look – “ECG as a mapping tool.” He is also the senior editor on this book.
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Each year, several new books or new editions are published on electrocardiography. Since the invention of the electrocardiogram (ECG) by Willem Einthoven almost 110 years ago, the ECG has become the most commonly used test worldwide, and its use continues to increase. The medical community has subsequently gained a wealth of knowledge from the ECG for the diagnosis of many cardiac and noncardiac conditions, ranging from acute ischemia and infarction on the one hand to arrhythmias on the other. Furthermore, the ECG is the first step in evaluating patients arriving at the emergency department, as the results are immediately available. Likewise, the ECG has been used as a screening test for athletes and is also used to identify patients at a high-risk of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.
Despite the emergence of other imaging modalities, the ECG remains a benchmark diagnostic test and is an integral part of a risk stratification algorithm in almost all guidelines of all disciplines of medicine. Since the success of our 2015 book, The ECG Handbook of Contemporary Challenges, many of our colleagues and friends encouraged us to provide a case-based collection of ECGs. Thus, we have invited the most renowned physicians from around the world who read and interpret ECGs (i.e., electrocardiographers) to provide their most insightful examples.
We also asked them to include their interpretation of the ECG findings with appropriate, up-to-date references. All tracings are well annotated and described. In addition, we suggested providing questions for the readers relating to the ECGs and a discussion that makes this book (ECG Masters Collection) useful for trainees at all levels. Although the main theme of this book is electrocardiography, other imaging techniques are discussed to validate the authors’ interpretations. We are extremely grateful that all of our colleagues have unanimously accepted our invitation and provided their best cases. The cases in this book are arranged according to topics in electrocardiography and arrhythmias. Areas of focus include ECGs of inherited arrhythmia syndromes, athletic ECGs, and ECGs in congenital heart disease.
The book (ECG Masters Collection) also discusses new ECG criteria/markers and syndromes related to recently discovered channelopathies such as Brugada syndrome, early repolarization syndrome, and the like. We are confident that this collection of ECGs from masters of electrocardiography from around the world will prove useful and of great educational value to clinicians in many areas of medicine. We believe this unique collection is similar to receiving a master art collection from the Louvre or the Metropolitan Museum of Art that should be on everyone’s shelf as an ECG museum.
Finally, we wish to thank the Cardiotext staff, namely Mike Crouchet and Carol Syverson, for their professionalism and for providing the text and figures in a high-quality format.
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