• Cardiovascular medicine
      January 2014

      Fast Facts: Acute Coronary Syndromes

      by Paul A Gurbel, Udaya S Tantry, Kurt Huber

      Fast Facts: Acute Coronary Syndromes is an international evidence-based primer that focuses on optimizing patient outcomes via accurate initial diagnosis, appropriate risk stratification and proper therapeutic decision-making in line with both American and European management guidelines.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      April 2013

      Fast Facts: Cardiac Arrhythmias

      by Gerry Kaye, Steve Furniss, Robert Lemery

      Recent progress in interventional therapies has revolutionized the management of cardiac arrhythmias, resulting in a remarkable improvement in outcomes for patients. Yet the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias are still viewed as a complex and inaccessible area of modern cardiology. Fast Facts: Cardiac Arrhythmias cuts through the technical detail to provide a better understanding of how the patient with arrhythmia presents, and how the problem should be best investigated and managed. This highly readable handbook is a practical resource for all primary care physicians, cardiologists in training, cardiac nurses, technicians and medical students seeking a better understanding of the mechanisms of arrhythmias and the contemporary therapies available, with a view to improving patient care.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      August 2012

      Fast Facts: Heart Failure

      by Dariusz Korczyk, Thomas H Marwick, Gerry Kaye

      Heart failure is a serious public health problem that has an enormous effect on individuals and families, as well as healthcare budgets around the world. Written with the non-specialist in mind, Fast Facts: Heart Failure provides:- a concise discussion of the pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to heart failure- a detailed review of the causes and comorbidities of heart failure- simple advice on diagnosis and investigation- clear management principles, including healthy lifestyle choices for patients- evidence-based guidance on first- and second-line drug therapies and medical management that targets the underlying cause- a comprehensive overview of non-pharmacological treatment options, including devices and transplantation- important information on palliative care in end-stage heart failure. Contents: Definitions and epidemiology Pathophysiology and clinical stages Causes; Comorbidities Diagnosis General management and lifestyle considerations Pharmacological treatment Non-pharmacological treatment Prognosis Clinical trials and developments Useful resources

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      October 2012

      Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

      by Harry J Crijns, Ron Pisters

      This book, from a team of international experts, provides the essential information on stroke risk and associated mechanisms in AF and the appropriate antithrombotic management. It highlights the importance of assessing the individual risk for thromboembolic events, explores which classical, unsuspected and future (non-)pharmacological strategies can be used according to the latest international guidelines, and draws attention to the associated hurdles and solutions that may be encountered.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      June 2012

      Drug-Eluting Stents

      by Renu Virmani

      Interventional cardiologists now have some of the most powerful tools to efficaciously treat their patients with coronary artery disease. In particular, continuous innovations in the development of drug-eluting stents have generated a mass of data, including some 6,000 articles listed in PubMed alone. Research is ongoing toward further development of existing and new stents, to appraise potential new indications, and to establish the pros and cons of available products. This book of six chapters from international experts provides a through overview of the field, exploring first- and second-generation stents and new products in the pipeline. The final chapter provides an overview of the current guidelines for the clinical use of drug-eluting stents.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      October 2012

      New Oral Anticoagulants

      by Jawed Fareed

      This book provides an overview of newer anticoagulant drugs and summarizes ongoing developments in this field. The book outlines how newer oral anticoagulants may offer certain advantages over the conventional agents and may be useful in qualified indications. Seven of the chapters from renowned experts highlight the use of such agents in specific disease circumstances, drawing attention to unresolved clinical issues and requirements for further basic and clinical investigation. It is emphasized that each agent be assessed individually, and for specific indications, as each agent has a distinct pharmacological profile that translates into a specific safety and efficacy for a given indication.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      April 2013

      Stroke Management and Recovery

      by Bruce Ovbiagele

      In its thirteen chapters, this book highlights advances in our understanding of the nature and underpinnings of stroke – a leading cause of death, disability, dementia and depression. Contemporary knowledge is presented regarding public health burden, pathophysiological types/subtypes, traditional/emerging risk factors and prediction models for primary and secondary stroke. In addition, renowned experts present the scientific evidence and consensus expert guideline recommendations for broadening diagnostic and therapeutic options for managing people with or at risk for stroke. Areas of controversy, gaps in knowledge and promising avenues of future focus for these tests/treatments are also covered. Finally, the successful, systematic, and multidisciplinary, hospital-based application of these test/treatments across the continuum of stroke care to achieve favorable outcomes in the ‘real world’ is reviewed.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      March 2013

      Peripheral Vascular Disease: Basic and Clinical Perspectives

      by Erich Minar, Martin Schillinger

      Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a serious medical problem and an indicator of systemic atherosclerosis. The importance of PVD is often underestimated, especially in relation to coronary and cerebrovascular disease. This book of six chapters brings together international experts to provide an overview of PVD, including epidemiology, risk factors and prognosis, diagnosis and imaging, conservative therapy as well as endovascular and surgical revascularization. The book highlights recent advances and provides indications where future developments, such as therapeutic angiogenesis, may take us. The book provides a rounded overview to aid understanding of this important disease.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      June 2013

      Hypertension

      by Ernesto L Schiffrin, Rhian M Touyz

      Hypertension remains the number-one risk factor for cardiovascular disease and mortality, in spite of significant progress in understanding of the mechanisms that control blood pressure, of the pathogenesis of hypertension, its genetics, new antihypertensive agents, and community and population efforts to control blood pressure. In this volume of 17 chapters, the Editors have assembled a group of leading investigators in basic, clinical, epidemiological and population science of hypertension. Each has provided an evidence-based, albeit personal, view of salient aspects of blood pressure regulation, mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment, all within a limited number of pages to make this useful and easy to ‘digest’, but at the same time, a learned source of the latest science in the field. The book explains recent developments in the field and provides practical knowledge for those involved in research, teaching and care delivery to patients with high blood pressure.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      August 2013

      Advances in the Management of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

      by Kimberly A Smith, Dustin R Fraidenburg, Jason X-J Yuan

      Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive and fatal condition manifested by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure as a result of increased pulmonary vascular resistance. Clinical and therapeutic advances have improved survival and changed the course of the disease. However, clinical reversal and cure remain elusive, and much better understanding of this complicated disease process is needed to impact overall morbidity/mortality. This book of nine chapters by PAH experts provides an overview of the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and approaches to treatment to help the reader to better understand the pathogenesis and management of the complicated disease.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      January 2014

      Current Approaches to Deep Vein Thrombosis

      by Henri Bounameaux, Grégoire Le Gal

      Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a common, chronic, and recurrent disease with substantial short-term and long-term complications, including life-threatening pulmonary embolism and the late post-thrombotic syndrome. Major progress has been made with regard to diagnosis, prophylaxis and treatment of DVT, but clinical practice surveys consistently reveal a gap between scientific knowledge and everyday patient care. This book, authored by world-renowned experts, bridges this gap in a concise and practical way, with ten concise chapters summarizing what the practising physician needs to know in order to manage this frequent condition.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      March 2012

      Advances in Acute Coronary Syndrome Management

      by Harvey White

      Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) represent a major burden for healthcare systems, with more than 4 million new patients presenting with ACS in the USA and Europe every year. Furthermore, prevalence is expected to increase as rates of obesity and diabetes rise. In the under-resourced developing world, the rates are likely to reach epidemic proportions, with India expected to experience the highest burden. Despite improvements in the secondary prevention of ACS through the use of antiplatelet therapy, cardiovascular death, stroke and re-infarction still occur in 10-15% of patients within 12 months of an acute episode. This book provides a rounded overview of modern ACS management in nine chapters by international experts. Topics addressed include etiology, the role of biomarkers, risk assessment, medical approaches, surgical and interventional approaches, imaging and clinical guidelines.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      September 2012

      Advances in Heart Failure Management

      by Henry Krum, Thomas Von Leuder

      Heart failure remains a highly prevalent and progressive syndrome with an overall prognosis as poor as that of advanced cancer. However, a wealth of promising strategies are emerging or are now available for management. We now see improved assessment, better imaging modalities, refined and individualized treatment, better pharmaco-logical and non-pharmacological interventions, dedicated follow-up and truly revolutionary device developments. At the same time, we are witnessing the beginning of the molecular revolution that will influence every aspect of heart failure care. This book of thirteen chapters from in-ternational expert authors presents a rounded overview of heart failure and its management, including etiology and pathophysiology, imaging, drug and device therapies and novel approaches.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      June 2013

      Advances in Myocardial Infarction Management

      by Jan Paul Ottervanger

      In this book of nine chapters, the different faces of myocardial infarction are described by a wide range of international specialists in the field. The authors have summarized current knowledge of the different aspects of myocardial infarction both for cardiologists and cardiologists-in-training. The book concludes with a prospective look at treatment and prevention in myocardial infarction.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      December 2013

      Advances in Dyslipidemia

      by Wilbert S Aronow

      Dyslipidemia is a major risk factor for cardiovascular events and mortality. Numerous studies have demonstrated that statins reduce cardiovascular events and mortality in secondary prevention and primary prevention trials. In eight expertly authored chapters, Advances in Dyslipidemia provides an excellent overview for any physician taking care of patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease or at high-risk or moderate-risk for atherosclerotic vascular disease.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      January 2010

      Fast Facts: Hypertension

      by Graham A MacGregor, Norman K Kaplan

      Hypertension is a highly treatable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, yet it remains underdiagnosed, undertreated and, in many cases, poorly controlled. Sometimes dubbed 'the silent killer', hypertension rarely produces symptoms until it manifests as a heart attack or stroke. Early identification of the condition by routine blood pressure measurement and appropriate ongoing management are therefore vital.In this updated fourth edition of Fast Facts: Hypertension, two authors of international renown provide a practical evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of the condition. Table of contents: The dangers of raised blood pressure Causes Investigation When to treat How to treat Special patient groups Uncontrolled hypertension

    • Medicine
      July 2012

      Echocardiography

      A Case-based Review

      by Garvan C. Kane

      Echocardiography: A Case-Based Review complements The Echo Manual, 3e, with real time echocardiographic examples that illustrate best practices in technique and interpretation. The authors present 100 cases, each designed to bring out salient features of echocardiographic performance, interpretation, and clinical applications. The casebook cross-references the Manual for further information. The book presents a brief case history with initial findings and still images of the echo. Accompanying the book, is an online companion website that offers interactive questions and answers that follows the patient's echo clips for proper patient management. Using actual cases, concise answers to the review questions explain key findings in the actual test(s). The authors lead the trainee through key points in diagnosis or technique, differential diagnoses, caveats, and an online library of the echo for evaluation. Of primary interest to echo trainees and experts are cases dealing with mechanical dyssynchrony, 3D echo, ICC, diastology, and vascular imaging. Features Include:Case-based approach to learning and refining echo skillsCross references to The Echo Manual, Third EditionCompanion website that accompanies the text with text with a question bank, over 950+ echo clips and 500+ questionsAVI clips of actual echo studies for each of the 100 cases (which includes several studies at various points in the patient's treatment)

    • Nursing & ancillary services

      Cardiac Arrhythmia Recognition

      An Easy Learning Guide

      by Fiona Foxall

      This workbook is a no-fuss, practical guide containing all the information you need to get to grips with cardiac monitoring. It will help you recognise common cardiac arrhythmias and guide you in what actions to take when they occur. Presented in a clear and simple format, this workbook builds on your understanding. If you work your way through this book and carry out the exercises, you will soon become more confident and competent about haemodynamic monitoring and manipulation as well as understanding all the information that initially seems so complicated.

    • Cardiovascular medicine
      January 2010

      Fast Facts: Hyperlipidemia

      by Allan Sniderman, Paul Durrington

      Fast Facts: Hyperlipidemia provides a crisp and accurate summary of lipid disorders using clear language and illustrations. Directed at a broad range of healthcare professionals, from primary care physicians to specialists, this updated fifth edition addresses the importance of considering lipoprotein particles, not just their lipids.The authors, renowned experts from the UK and USA, interpret clinical trial evidence in the context of pathogenesis and provide practical solutions to the routine problems encountered in the clinical management of hyperlipidemias. Table of contents: Lipids and lipoproteins - structure and physiology Epidemiology and pathophysiology Familial (monogenic) hypercholesterolemia Polygenic hypercholesterolemia and combined hyperlipidemia Hypertriglyceridemia Familial dysbetalipoproteinemia Dyslipidemia in insulin resistance, the metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus Secondary hyperlipidemia Dietary treatment Drug treatment When to treat Biochemical tests

    • Medicine
      20120832

      The Washington Manual of Echocardiography

      by Ravi. Rasalingam

      The Washington Manual of Echocardiography contains essential and relevant information for trainees. It has been prepared by cardiology fellows, with the trainees perspective in mind, and supervised and edited by faculty from the Washington University School of Medicine. The Washington Manual of Echocardiography provides quick insight into the interpretation of echocardiographic images, understanding the basic echocardiographic and Doppler physiology, and assisting with the technical aspects of transducing an echocardiographic exam.The Washington Manual of Echocardiogrpahy is geared toward cardiology fellows, emergency

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