Handbook of Syncope: A Concise Clinical Approach

by Behzad B Pavri

Syncope is not infrequent: about one-third of the human species will experience at least one episode of syncope or pre-syncope in their lifetimes. This concise publication was borne out of a decade and a half of clinical practice in an academic setting during which time the author encountered a plethora of fascinating cases and electrocardiograms in real-life patients who presented with syncope. It was not infrequent that the correct diagnosis was missed, or that many thousands of dollars’ worth of tests and investigations were sometimes performed, when the clinical history, examination and ECG were already diagnostic. On the other hand, some cases were encountered where life-threatening conditions went unrecognized, leading to recurrent, often catastrophic, syncope which should and could have been prevented. The Handbook of Syncope is divided into 10 chapters; they have been written with the clinician and the physician-in-training in mind. There are numerous tables and figures that make for easy reading; the Handbook is replete with carefully analyzed ECG tracings including detailed explanations that illustrate common and uncommon findings in patients with syncope; and each chapter ends with Summary Points that provide the “take-home” message of the topic being discussed. There are more than 250 references listed for the reader who may desire additional reading. The intended purpose of the Handbook of Syncope is to provide a succinct source of information for the clinician and physician-in-training when a patient with syncope is encountered. The correct approach to, initial assessment of, and subsequent management of the syncopal patient are discussed.


Book Detail

Author Author's Affiliation
1. Pavri Behzad B Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, USA
Jefferson Heart Institute, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
ISBN 9789350909539
Speciality Medicine
DOI 10.5005/jp/books/12121
Edition 1/e
Publishing Year 2014
Pages 146
Book Type Reference


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