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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William J. McManus, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book targets patients, or family members of patients, who have encountered venous thromboembolic disease (VTE), offering a comprehensive introduction to the diagnosis, management, and prevention of this disease. Each topic covered is presented as a basic question followed by a discussion of the details.
Purpose: Through a question and answer format, this book aims to provide patients or family members with basic pathophysiology and practical management details of VTE. Drawing from their experiences with these patients, the authors successfully compile a thorough, concise guide to understanding the tremendous impact this disease can have on patients and their families. This book also addresses the practical management of lifestyle changes that often accompany VTE.
Audience: Patients or family members with limited medical knowledge who want to learn about VTE are the targeted audience. Many concepts are fairly detailed, such as specifics of the coagulation cascade, but readers may enjoy a more advanced discussion of the pathogenesis and the basis of treatment of this disease. This does not limit the accessibility of this book, and the authors do an excellent job explaining these details.
Features: The book starts with a basic understanding of the components of blood, the vasculature, and concepts such as Virchow's triad. The diagnosis, acute and chronic treatment therapy, risk factors, and special topics such as pregnancy, HRT, and genetics are addressed. The authors use personal accounts of patients affected by VTE that give perspective and clarity to an intimidating topic. Glossary-style side notes also help guide the reader with understanding the medical jargon.
Assessment: This is an appropriate compilation of the most common questions and concerns of those affected by VTE. The question and answer format is user friendly and helps readers feel as though they are having a discussion with the authors as opposed to a lecture-style textbook. One omission is the lack of a discussion of smoking as a risk factor for VTE.