Cardiac Care: An Introduction for Healthcare Professionals / Edition 1

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Cardiac Care: An Introduction for Healthcare Professionals provides an introduction to the care of patients with cardiac conditions. Cardiac care is set in context through examination of the impact of political and social influences, coupled with the development of healthcare technology. Fundamentals of cardiology and cardiac care such as health promotion, anatomy, physiology, and the assessment of patients are discussed. Pathophysiology, presentation and treatment of specific conditions are also explored. The editors and contributors all have years of experience caring for patients with cardiac disorders. They have all witnessed the terrible impact of cardiac disease on patients and their families and believe passionately that the provision of holistic, evidence-based care can ease that burden. This book provides healthcare professionals who have little or no knowledge of cardiac disorders, a basic grounding in the underlying pathophysiology of the disease, and an understanding of available treatments. For more experienced practitioners this book provides an accessible and interesting update on the latest research trends in the fast-moving speciality of cardiac care. Readers are able to 'dip in' at any point to access information easily to find out about a particular aspect about cardiac care. The layout and content of Cardiac Care: An Introduction for Healthcare Professionals makes the information easily accessible and applicable to practice, whilst also being informing and educating about this fascinating specialty.

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"a relevant resource for clinical practice and practitioners working in this in-depth and fascinating speciality". (The Journal Of Perioperative Practice, March 2007)

"…gives the emergency nurse more than the initial and immediate management of this increasing group of patients…" (Accident and Emergency Nursing Journal,
April 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470019832
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/17/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

David Barrett RN, BA (Hons), PGDip, Lecturer in ClinicalNursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull.

Tom Quinn RN, ONC, FESC, Mphil, Professor of CardiacNursing, Coventry University.

Mark Gretton RN, BA (Hons), MA, FETC, Lecturer inNursing, Faculty of health and Social Care, University of Hull.

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Table of Contents


List of contributors.



1. The context of cardiac care (Tom Quinn).

2. The history of cardiac care (Tom Quinn).

3. Disease prevention and rehabilitation (David Barrett).

4. Anatomy and physiology of the heart (Mark Gretton).

5. Assessing the cardiac patient (Mark Gretton).

6. Coronary Heart Disease 1: Stable angina (Tom Quinn).

7. Coronary Heart Disease 2: Acute coronary syndromes (TomQuinn).

8. Heart failure (Mark Gretton).

9. Arrhythmias (Mark Gretton).

10. Resuscitation (Joanne Hatfield).

11. Congenital heart disease (Liz Smith).

12. Valve disease, cardiomyopathy and inflammatory disorders(David Barrett).

13. Cardiac medications (David Barrett).

14. Interventional cardiology (David Barrett).

15. Cardiac surgery (Diane Burley and David Barrett).


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