This text could save lives! Simply written and abundantly illustrated, this step-by-step guide should be kept within easy reach of every emergency cardiac care provider. The reader will come away with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and identify common dysrhythmias, acquire and interpret diagnostic (12-lead) electrocardiograms, and manage cardiac disorders efficiently and effectively. Coverage includes: comprehensive guidance for both basic and advanced electrocardiography; cardiac pathophysiology; assessment and evaluation of the patient with chest pain; and the latest therapeutic strategies available for early recognition and out-of-hospital treatment of acute myocardial ischemia and infarction. Since each chapter prepares the reader for subsequent chapters, the user is better able to comprehend and apply material in a progressive and organized manner -- optimizing patient care. A wealth of pedagogy -- including learning objectives, numerous illustrations, tables, practice 12-lead ECG recordings, and key point summaries -- enhance the reader's grasp of important concepts and ensure confidence in emergency situations.