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Get quick answers to the most important clinical questions with Cardiology Secrets! Using the popular and trusted Secret Series® Q&A format, this easy-to-read cardiology book provides rapid access to the practical, "in-the-trenches" know-how you need to succeed both in practice, and on cardiology board and recertification exams.

• Get the evidence-based guidance you need to provide optimal care for your patients with cardiac heart diseases.
• Explore effective solutions to a full range of clinical issues including the general examination, diagnostic procedures, arrhythmias, symptoms and disease states, valvular heart disease, cardiovascular pharmacology, and other medical conditions with associated cardiac involvement.
• Zero in on key information with bulleted lists, mnemonics, practical tips from the leading cardiologists, and "Key Points" boxes that provide a concise overview of important board-relevant content.
• Review essential material efficiently with the "Top 100 Secrets in Cardiology" - perfect for last-minute study or self-assessment.

• Apply all the latest advances in clinical cardiology techniques, technology, and pharmacology.
• Access the complete text and illustrations online at Expert Consult, fully searchable.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Surya M Artham, MD, MPH(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the third edition of a concise, easy to read handbook filled with pearls in all aspects of cardiology. Previous editions were published in 1995 and 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize in question and answer format the most important and most worth remembering secrets in cardiology.
Audience: The audience includes medical students, physicians in training, midlevel practitioners, and practicing physicians. The editor and coauthors are all well known and highly respected.
Features: The book covers a wide range of topics, from simple ECGs and x-rays to complex diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. What's innovative is the easy to use question and answer format. Each chapter has an excellent bibliography and websites. A vast amount of material is covered in this pocket-sized book.
Assessment: With chapters covering the latest advances in diagnostic and therapeutic areas, this is a very useful update of the previous edition.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Caleb Daniel Thompson, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a book that covers the most important cardiovascular topics in a practical question-and-answer format.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate healthcare providers on the evaluation and management of patients with cardiovascular disease in an interactive and high-yield manner.
Audience: The target audience includes healthcare providers who wish to reinforce and expand their knowledge base in order to succeed both in practice and on board and recertification exams.
Features: A key feature of this book, and all the books in the Secrets series, is the way it reviews familiar topics. The question-and-answer format provides succinct and practical answers to the most common questions in cardiology. Additionally, the book begins with 100 of the most pertinent concepts found on board and recertification exams. The last section is an excellent reference for miscellaneous cardiovascular symptoms and diseases; the chapters on cardiovascular manifestations of connective tissue disorders and syncope are particularly useful.
Assessment: This book provides an efficient and interactive review of important cardiovascular topics.
From the Publisher
"With chapters covering the latest advances in diagnostic and therapeutic areas, this is a very useful update of the previous edition." — Surya M Artham, MD, MPH (Ochsner Clinic Foundation), Doody’s Review

"It is exceptionally easy reading, which, minding the complexity of the issues addressed, is one of the major advantages of this book over many other 'overviews'. It is designed for juniored and middle grade doctors who wish to build their basic knowledge of clinical cardiology and cardiac investigations and other healthcare providers who wish to educate themselves in diagnosing and managing patients with cardiovascular disease. It may also serve as a refresher of 'common sense' knowledge to cardiology trainees and other senior specialists who may find some useful 'pearls' and forgotten tips... It was a great pleasure to review this book as it gave me some new insights into the cardiovascular field and presented an opportunity to enjoy the reading... I would recommend it to my junior colleagues as a fun and alternative option to the main clinical textbooks."

Perfusion, February 2014

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323045254
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/9/2009
  • Series: Secrets Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Section I: Physical Examination

Ch 1 CV Physical Exam

Ch 2 Heart Murmurs

Section II: Diagnostic Tests and Procedures

Ch 3 Electrocardiogram

Ch 4 Chest Radiographs

Ch 5 Echocardiography

Ch 6 Exercise Stress Testing

Ch 7 Nuclear Cardiology

Ch 8 Holter Monitors, Event Monitors, Ambulatory Monitors and Implantable Loop Recorders

Ch 9 Cardiac CT Angiography

Ch 10 Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Ch 11 Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Ch 12 Bedside Hemodynamic Monitoring

Ch 13 Endomyocardial Biopsy

Ch 14 Catherization, Cardiac Angiography, IVUS and FFR

Section III: Chest Pains, Angina, CAD and Acute Coronary Symptoms

Ch 15 Chest Pains and Angina

Ch 16 Chronic Stable Angina

Ch 17 Non-ST-Segment-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes

Ch 18 ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction

Ch 19 Cardiogenic Shock

Ch 20 Percutaneous Coronary Interventions

Ch 21 Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery


Ch 22 Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Ch 23 Congestive Heart Failure: Evaluation and Long Term Management

Ch 24 Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction

Ch 25 Myocarditis

Ch 26 Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Ch 27 Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Ch 28 Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

Ch 29 Cardiac Transplantation


Ch 30 Aortic Valve Disease

Ch 31 Mitral Stenosis, Mitral Regurgitation and Mitral Valve Prolapse

Ch 32 Prosthetic Heart Valves

Ch 33 Endocarditis and Endocarditis Prophylaxis


Ch 34 Atrial Fibrillation

Ch 35 Supraventricular Tachycardia

Ch 36 Ventricular Tachycardia

Ch 37 Cardiac Pacemakers and Resynchronization Therapy

Ch 38 Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators

Ch 39 Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support


Ch 40 Hypertension

Ch 41 Hypercholesterolemia

Ch 42 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Ch 43 Smoking Cessation: A Priority For the Cardiac Patient

Ch 44 Exercise and the Heart


Ch 45 Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Ch 46 Cardiac Manifestations of HIV/AIDS

Ch 47 Cardiovascular Manifestations of Connective Tissue Disorders and the Vasculitides

Ch 48 Cardiac Tumors

Ch 49 Cocaine and the Heart

Ch 50 Deep Vein Thrombosis

Ch 51

Ch 52 Hypertensive Crisis

Ch 53 Oral Anticoagulation

Ch 54 Pericardits, Pericardial Constriction, and Pericardial Tamponade

Ch 55 Peripheral Arterial Disease

Ch 56 Preoperative Cardiac Evaluation

Ch 57 Pulmonary Embolism

Ch 58 Pulmonary Hypertension

Ch 59 Stroke and TIA

Ch 60 Syncope

Ch 61 Traumatic Heart Disease

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