ECG Masters Vol.2 It is exciting to see the publication of these case-based collections of ECGs from “Masters” in electrocardiography and electrophysiology.  It is also a pleasure for me to contribute the foreword to these important volumes. This collection should be read by both early trainees and experienced electrocardiographers.

There are pearls littered throughout and the explanations and interpretations grounded in physiology and fundamental vector analysis. The clinical relevance is made obvious by the case format.  The outstanding group of editors has done a superb job with the organization of the text in dividing it into focused sections to maximize ease of review and educational value. The ECG recordings are characteristically the best  from the experts’ collections. The tracings show the incredible  value of this simple yet elegant tool for diagnosing and localizing arrhythmias and recognizing signature ECG patterns associated with unique genetically determined and acquired arrhythmogenic syndromes.

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It is important for me to also pay a special tip of the hat to one of the Co-Editors, Dr. Mark Josephson. Not only is he the father of modern cardiac electrophysiology, but Mark has also been inspirational in his love of the 12-lead ECG and his desire to maximize its full potential.  For more than 40 years, he has mentored a long collection of trainees on the correct interpretation of the 12-lead ECG. Such phrases as “burn it in your brain” for a unique ECG pattern that was critical to recognize within a second of display  are always remembered with a smile throughout one’s career. I was a lucky  trainee who has many critical ECG images “burned in my brain.” His participation in this important text adds to the glow of the other stellar editors and ECG aficionados and provides the ‘Grand Cru’ stamp to this effort. 

These books (ECG Masters Vol.2) should serve as important references, and I guarantee they will be pulled from the shelf for decades to come.  They are gems and should be enjoyed by even those with only a modest interest in the 12-lead ECG and the care of patients with cardiac arrhythmias. The true fans of the ECG will be awed by the experience.

Each year, several new books or new editions are published on electrocardiography. Since the invention of the electrocardiogram (ECG) by Willem Einthoven almost 110 years ago, the ECG has become the most commonly used test worldwide, and its use continues to increase. The medical community has subsequently gained a wealth of knowledge from the ECG for the diagnosis of many cardiac and noncardiac conditions, ranging from acute ischemia and infarction on the one hand to arrhythmias on the other. Furthermore, the ECG is the first step in evaluating patients arriving at the emergency department, as the results are immediately available. Likewise, the ECG has been used as a screening test for athletes and is also used to identify patients at a high-risk of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. (ECG Masters Vol.2)

Despite the emergence of other imaging modalities, the ECG remains a benchmark diagnostic test and is an integral part of a risk stratification algorithm in almost all guidelines of all disciplines of medicine.

Since the success of our 2015 book, The ECG Handbook of Contemporary Challenges, many of our colleagues and friends encouraged us to provide a case-based collection of ECGs. Thus, we have invited the most renowned physicians from around the world who read and interpret ECGs (i.e., electrocardiographers) to provide their most insightful examples. We also asked them to include their interpretation of the ECG findings with appropriate, up-to-date references. All tracings are well annotated and described. In addition, we suggested providing questions for the readers relating to the ECGs and a discussion that makes these books useful for trainees at all levels. (ECG Masters Vol.2)

Although the main theme of these two volumes is electrocardiography, other imaging techniques are discussed to validate the authors’ interpretations. We are extremely grateful that all of our colleagues have unanimously accepted our invitation and provided their best cases.

The cases are arranged according to topics in electrocardiography and arrhythmias. Areas of focus include ECGs of inherited arrhythmia syndromes, athletic ECGs, and ECGs in congenital heart disease. There is also discussion of new ECG criteria/markers and syndromes related to recently discovered channelopathies such as Brugada syndrome, early repolarization syndrome, and the like. We are confident that this collection of ECGs from masters of electrocardiography from around the world will prove useful and of great educational value to clinicians in many areas of medicine. We believe this unique collection is similar to receiving a master art collection from the Louvre or the Metropolitan Museum of Art that should be on everyone’s shelf as an ECG museum.

Finally, we wish to thank the Cardiotext staff, namely Mike Crouchet and Carol Syverson, for their professionalism and for providing the text and figures in a high-quality format.

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