EKGs for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant

EKGs for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant

Maureen A. Knechtel, MPAS, PA-C


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A comprehensive, systematic approach to 12-lead EKG interpretation covering all relevant topics you’ll encounter in clinical practice-including treatment options!

Delivering clear and concise explanations to help students easily grasp key concepts, this book provides a comprehensive, no-nonsense approach to EKG interpretation for nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, as well as practicing clinicians who need a quick refresher.

The third edition retains the book’s systematic, physiologic approach that trains readers to follow the same steps in evaluating EKG tracings. After working through this book, you'lll gain a genuine understanding of EKG interpretation and will no longer need to memorize EKG strips. Using the patient's presenting symptoms as a starting point, abundant clinical scenarios demonstrate real-life applications for interpreting EKG readings. With over 75 figures and tables and more than 260 EKG tracings, this resource delivers everything you need to provide expert, quality care to your patients.


  • Treatment options included for premature atrial and ventricular contractions, atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, ischemia and infarction, and heart block
  • 14 in-depth chapter case scenarios to further challenge you and increase your proficiency in EKG interpretation
  • 60 new EKG tracings, providing you with more than 260 tracings throughout the book
  • Evidence-based approaches to differentiate between similar EKG patterns
  • New high-risk EKG descriptions, including multiple types of high-grade heart block and Wellen's syndrome for acute myocardial infarction
  • Risk stratification techniques for heart block, acute coronary syndromes, and supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias utilizing the EKG
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  • Addresses EKG interpretation using a systematic, physiologic approach, eliminating the need for memorization
  • Uses the patient's presenting clinical symptoms as a starting point to teach critical thinking
  • Includes more than 75 figures and tables and 260 EKG tracings to further illustrate concepts
  • Offers 140 end-of-chapter review questions to help solidify your knowledge
  • Includes 70 case studies with EKG tracings and teaching points at the end of the book, plus additional case studies in each chapter, to connect key concepts with real-world learning

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    Maureen A. Knechtel, MPAS, PA-C:

    Maureen Knechtel, MPAS, PA-C, received a bachelor’s degree in health science and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the author of the textbook EKGs for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant, 1st and 2nd editions. Knechtel is a fellow member of the Physician Assistant Education Association, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants. She is the academic coordinator and an assistant professor with the Milligan College Physician Assistant Program in Johnson City, TN, and practices as a cardiology PA with the Ballad Health Cardiovascular Associates Heart Institute. Knechtel has been a guest lecturer nationally and locally on topics including EKG interpretation, chronic angina, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, hypertension, and mixed hyperlipidemia.