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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John Lee, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This concise handbook describes cardiology emergencies, their differential diagnoses, recommended diagnostic tests, and, ultimately, treatments.
Purpose: The purpose is to familiarize readers with cardiac emergencies that may be encountered in the emergency room and the inpatient setting.
Audience: It is intended as a guide for residents, fellows, physician assistants, and medical students.
Features: This book is divided into well-indexed and easy-to-find chapters that are divided by cardiac problems that range from chest pain and acute coronary syndrome to cardiotoxic drug overdose. Each section describes the clinical features of the cardiac problem, the differential diagnoses, recommended diagnostic tests, and treatments. Each chapter is well summarized and concise, with bullet points on particularly important concepts as well as highlighted boxes for important points and clinical pearls.
Assessment: This is a concise, well-written guide that may serve as an easy quick reference on cardiac emergencies for medical residents, fellows, physician assistants, and medical students.