Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators - Al-Ahmad, Ellenbogen, Natale, Wang 9780979016462

Pacemakers and Implantable
Pacemakers and Implantable

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Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: An Expert's Manual

by Amin Al-Ahmad; Kenneth A. Ellenbogen; Andrea Natale; Paul J. Wang

Publication Details:
Published June 2010
ISBN: 9780979016462
Trim Size: 7 x 10 inches
480 pages, heavily illustrated with over 300 figures and tables
Format: Hardcover; eBook


In the rapidly evolving field of treating cardiac arrhythmias, the importance of direct management of patients with implantable cardiac devices is growing. The devices have become increasingly complex, and understanding their algorithms and growing programming options is essential for physicians who implant and manage them. Written by experts and world authorities in the field, Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: An Expert's Manual provides electrophysiologists, fellows in training, nurses, and cardiovascular technicians involved in day-to-day management of device patients with detailed information about the many device algorithms and interactions.

  • Heavily illustrated with over 300 figures and tables
  • Uniquely meets the day-to-day needs of all direct management professionals
  • Focuses in detail on algorithms
  • Describes device interactions, addressing every major manufacturer
  • Provides in-depth insight into pacing, including biventricular pacing
  • Discusses arrhythmia detection and device classification, testing, and therapy

Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: An Expert's Manual was listed by the American Journal of Cardiology as one of the "Good Books in Cardiovascular Disease in 2010." - American Journal of Cardiology Vol. 107, Issue 8, Pages 1250-1251


Amin Al-Ahmad, MD, FACC, FHRS, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Associate Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, and Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, Kontos Professor of Medicine, Chair of the Division of Cardiology, and Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology in the Department of Internal Medicine , Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Andrea Natale, MD, FACC, FHRS, Executive Medical Director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, St. David's Medical Center, Austin, Texas; Consulting Professor, Division of Cardiology, Stanford University, Stanford, California; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Senior Clinical Director, EP Services, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California; and Director of Interventional EP, Scripps Green, San Diego, California

Paul J. Wang, MD, FACC, FHRS, Professor, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Table of Contents:


  • 1. Pacemaker Systems: The Basics of Pulse Generator Design and Engineering - Hugh Thomas McElderry, John C. Evans, Jeffrey A. Keeney, and Jose Osorio
  • 2. Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Lead Design - Andrea M. Russo
  • 3. Pacemaker Timing Cycles: Ventricular Based and Atrial Based - Fred Kusumoto
  • 4. Algorithms for Minimizing Right Ventricular Pacing - Michael O. Sweeney
  • 5. Normal Pacemaker Sensing, Abnormal Sensing, and Automatic Sensing - Carsten W. Israel
  • 6. Pacemakers and Atrial Arrhythmias: Detection and Treatment - David S. Kwon and Byron K. Lee
  • 7. Miscellaneous Pacing Algorithms - George H. Crossley and Robert Andrew Pickett
  • 8. Automatic Threshold Measuring Algorithms - Marco V. Perez, Henry H. Hsia, Paul C. Zei, Mintu P. Turakhia, Paul J. Wang, and Amin Al-Ahmad
  • 9. Sensor-Driven Pacing - Chu-Pak Lau, Chung-Wah Siu, and Hung Fat Tse
  • 10. Interpretation of Device Diagnostics - Jordan M. Prutkin and Robert W. Rho


  • 11. Basic ICD Systems - Jane Chen
  • 12. ICD Lead Design - Gautham Kalahasty and Kenneth A. Ellenbogen
  • 13. Sensing in ICDs - Sergio L. Pinski
  • 14. ICD Therapy -- ATP - Karin K. M. Chia, Luigi Di Biase, Paolo Pieragnoli, Giuseppe Ricciardi, Laura Perrotta, Robert Canby, Amin Al-Ahmad, Mark S. Wathen, Andrea Natale, and Luigi Padeletti
  • 15. ICD Therapy -- Shock - T. Jared Bunch, Jeffrey S. Osborn, and John D. Day
  • 16. Discrimination Algorithms and Arrhythmia Detection - Irina Suman Horduna and Paul Khairy
  • 17. Pacing with an ICD System: What Are the Issues? - Robert F. Rea
  • 18. Assessing Defibrillation Efficacy at ICD Implant - Charles D. Swerdlow and Paul J. DeGroot


  • 19. Basics of Biventricular Pacing Systems: Principles and Timing Cycles - Ravi Ranjan and Joseph E. Marine
  • 20. Programming to Avoid Phrenic Nerve Stimulation during Left Ventricular Pacing - Paul J. Wang, Amin Al-Ahmad, Henry H. Hsia, Paul C. Zei, and Mintu P. Turakhia
  • 21. AV and VV Optimization - Jeffrey H. Chung, Robert J. Kim, and Kenneth M. Stein
  • 22. Electromagnetic Interactions from Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Implantable Arrhythmia Devices - Saman Nazarian and Henry R. Halperin

Doody's Review Service 4-Star Rating

Vishal Vyas,  M.D.  (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)

This book on implantable cardiac devices is authored by noted experts in the field of electrophysiology.

 It is intended as a comprehensive guide to the use of pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy for the treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders.

The target audience consists of trainees, support staff, and practicing physicians interested in arrhythmia management and device implantation.

The book is divided into three sections: pacemaker systems, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and resynchronization therapy. Each section reviews the systems commonly available in today's market and provides detailed information on device-specific interrogation, interpretation, and optimization. The book is well written and appropriately reinforced by an abundance of images, tables and electrograms.

This is a well-written book with an abundance of supporting images. It will serve as a valuable resource for those interested in device-based therapy for cardiac rhythm disorders.