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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Stan N Thornton, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This synopsis of current pharmacologic options available to the practitioner in the treatment of cardiovascular disease updates the previous edition of 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide clinicians with the most current, evidence-based information available on pharmacotherapy for a broad spectrum of cardiovascular diseases.
Audience: This book is of great utility for primary care providers and cardiovascular specialists alike, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Sections on emergency cardiac care also make this a valuable reference for providers in emergency departments and critical care areas.
Features: The 22 chapters address pharmacologic treatment of specific clinical entities such as hypertension, congestive heart failure, and acute coronary syndromes. The final chapter is an overview of landmark clinical trials which serve as the basis for current treatment guidelines. This book benefits from strategically placed tables and diagrams that summarize key points, and complete references for all recommendations. Drugs are indexed by both generic and trade names and common pitfalls of therapy, including drug interactions, are presented.
Assessment: The author has achieved his goal of summarizing the rapidly evolving pharmacologic options available for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. This is a timely revision of this book, which has already established itself as a valuable clinical reference.