Podrid’s Real-World ECGs: A Master's Approach to the Art and Practice of Clinical ECG Interpretation. Volume 1, The Basics

by Philip Podrid, MD; Rajeev Malhotra, MD, MS; Rahul Kakkar, MD; and Peter A. Noseworthy, MD

Foreword by Roman W. DeSanctis, MD; Hein J. Wellens, MD

Published November 2012
Format: Softcover and website access; eBook
ISBN: 9781935395003
Trim Size: 11 x 8.5 inches, landscape, 416 pages
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Volume 1:The Basics

Full-page detailed landscape tracings with discussions on fundamental electrophysiologic and electrocardiographic principles and clinical concepts. Particularly useful for quickly building an ECG library, or studying for certification and recertification cardiology examinations.

Volume 1: The Basics outlines the approaches and tools utilized in the analysis of all ECGs, including the identification of important waveforms and subtle abnormalities. This introductory volume lays the foundation for a true understanding of vital ECG principles, including normal activation of the atria and ventricles, the standard lead system, normal waveforms and intervals, and components of a normal ECG recording. Volume 1: The Basics includes 90 Cases.

By the editor of the popular ECG Challenge series in Circulation.

Dr. Philip Podrid, the primary author, is an academic cardiologist and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Boston University School of Medicine and a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He has taught ECG interpretation for more than 35 years to medical students, house staff (interns and residents), cardiology fellows, physicians, nurses, and EMTs.

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ABOUT podrid's real-world ecg SERIES:

Podrid's Real-World ECGs are case-based workbooks that offer students, instructors, health care professionals, and physicians an indispensable resource for developing and honing the technical skills and systematic approach needed to interpret ECGs with confidence. ECGs from real patient cases offer a complete and in-depth learning experience by focusing on fundamental electrophysiologic properties and clinical concepts as well as detailed discussion of important diagnostic findings and relevant management decisions. 8 comprehensive volumes (6 titles with 2 additional volumes of practice cases) encompass 648 individual case studies that include discussion about the important waveforms and clinical decision-making involved. From an introductory volume that outlines the approaches and tools utilized in the analysis of all ECGs to subsequent volumes covering particular disease entities for which the ECG is useful, readers will take away the in-depth knowledge needed to successfully interpret the spectrum of routine to challenging ECGs they will encounter in their own clinical practice.

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The reviews are in!

“Dr. Philip Podrid’s books on ECGs are a must for every practicing and academic cardiologist…. Anyone who comes into contact with medical students and house staff will want this series of books.” - Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, MD

Drs. Philip Podrid and colleagues continue to help supplement the ECG nutritional deficiency syndrome…” Zachary D. Goldberger, MD, in PACE

“…an ideal instructional book…particularly for fellows and clinicians studying for certification and recertification cardiology examinations.” Volume 3, Paul Rogers, MD, PhD, Doody’s Review Service

“There are many review books for ECG interpretation, but few are as enjoyable to read and study as this one.” Volume 1, Ravi Kode, MD, Doody’s Review Service

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Philip Podrid, MD
Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Boston University School of Medicine; Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; Attending Physician, West Roxbury VA Hospital, West Roxbury, Massachusetts

Rajeev Malhotra, MD, MS
Instructor in Medicine, Cardiology Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Rahul Kakkar, MD
Cardiology Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Peter A. Noseworthy, MD
Cardiology Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

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Ravi Kode,  MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)

This is the first volume in a series that provides a self-study approach to interpreting electrocardiograms. Dr. Philip Podrid is an esteemed academic cardiologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. His coauthors, Dr. Rajeev Malhotra, Dr. Rahul Kakkar, and Dr. Peter Noseworthy, are cardiology fellows at Massachusetts General Hospital.

This book covers the basics in the interpretation of electrocardiography.

It is suitable for medical students, advanced practice clinicians, physicians in training, internists, and cardiologists.

The introduction explains the basics of how an electrocardiogram is done, and reviews normal waveforms, axis, and intervals. It also outlines a systematic process for reviewing an electrocardiogram. The second part of the book presents the "core ECGs," which include 90 example electrocardiograms, relevant clinical vignettes, and clinical questions. Each example is carefully explained on the following page along with relevant clinical recommendations and answers to the questions presented. Online access is also provided for additional cases for review.

There are many review books for ECG interpretation, but few are as enjoyable to read and study as this one. It does an excellent job of presenting electrocardiograms, interesting clinical vignettes, and important clinical questions in a clean and concise format. The strength of this book is the systematic review of every example electrocardiogram.


European Heart Journal

Volume 34 Issue 22 June 7, 2013
Eur Heart J (2013) 34 (22): 1609-1614. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/eht155

Reviewed by Corinna Brunckhorst, MD, FESC

Podrid's Real-world ECGs: A Master's Approach to the Art and Practice of Clinical ECG Interpretation. Volume 1: The Basics

Philipp Podrid, Rajeev Malhotra, Rahul Kakkar, Peter A. Noseworthy
Publisher: Cardiotext Publishing, November 2012
ISBN: 978-1-935395-00-3
Softcover, 416 pages

The ECG was invented more than a century ago by Willem Einthoven in 1903, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1924. Despite the use of all modern high-tech diagnostic tools in medicine today, the ECG remains the mainstay of diagnosis in cardiology. A solid knowledge of the ECG is of paramount importance and therefore there is an abundance of ECG books on the market.

So, why is there a need for another new ECG book?

Podrid's real-world ECG is the first volume presenting the basic knowledge for ECG interpretation, followed by five more volumes focusing on special diseases. This ECG book has a high didactic standard, is very structured and systematic, and, most importantly, aims to understand the physiology of ECG abnormalities rather than only to recognise patterns. The introduction is short and precise, yet very informative. It is also accompanied by very useful illustrations.

The selection of ECGs is very representative, each with a very good quality 12-lead tracing in an easily readable format. With each ECG there is a short case presentation and clinically relevant questions. A clear strength is the systematic approach of interpreting the ECGs and drawing conclusions. For interpretation and explanation, the ECG is illustrated and highlighted with different markers corresponding to the text. The discussion of each ECG is thorough and clear, touching on the pathophysiology, clinical problem, management, differential diagnosis, and pitfalls.

In addition to the textbook there is a corresponding website with more cases and ECG presentations in an interactive format as well as discussions and feedback. The only slight disadvantage of this book appears to be the lack of references.

This new ECG book, presented by Philip Podrid, an internationally renowned expert on ECGs, is an excellent source of information on the basic understanding, the pathophysiology, and related clinical details of a collection of highly relevant clinical ECGs.