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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joaquin Crespo, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a quick reference handbook with a collection of over 100 frequently asked questions in cardiology, along with their corresponding answers.
Purpose: This book offers answers to the most common questions in a cardiology practice.
Audience: Targeted at any practitioners in general cardiology, it is a useful guide for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, students, residents, or fellows managing a patient with cardiovascular disease, as well as seasoned cardiologists. The author is an experienced consultant in cardiology.
Features: The book includes common questions regarding diagnostic testing, cardiovascular examination, medications, and the most frequently encountered disease processes such as acute coronary syndrome, congenital heart disease, valvular disease, hypertension, heart failure, arrhythmias, and other cardiac diseases. It presents the information in an intuitive manner, starting with the question, followed by the data collection needed to answer the question (history, exam, ECG findings, imaging), synthesis of the information gathered, and ending with a solution and short discussion. Many topics are supplemented by ECG tracings, clinical pearls, and other useful information. It is especially noteworthy that every topic includes the references used to answer the initial question; this furthers the education and discussion process.
Assessment: While other titles may present similar material by topic, this publication is especially useful for its question format, leading to easy access to the desired information. It is comprehensive, well written and organized, and driven by the most current evidence-based cardiology. This makes it a recommended tool to drive the thought process during a cardiology consultation.