Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease

Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease

by William H. Frishman, Marc S. Micozzi, Michael I. Weintraub
     
 

Edited by a world-renowned clinical cardiologist, pharmacologist and clinical researcher, along with two major figures in complementary medicine practice, Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease is the first text to discuss all the major Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practices that have been used for cardiovascular disease

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Edited by a world-renowned clinical cardiologist, pharmacologist and clinical researcher, along with two major figures in complementary medicine practice, Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease is the first text to discuss all the major Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practices that have been used for cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment. The book includes discussions of the potential benefits and risks of alternative therapies for treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, as well as their integration into standard medical care. Therapies covered include the use of nutriceuticals (vitamins, amino acid, and natural antioxidants and minerals), herbal remedies (plus potential herbal remedy-drug interactions), various psychological and relaxation approaches (mind/body therapies, hypnosis, biofeedback and cognitive therapy, etc.), various alternative medicine disciplines (including QiGong and TaiChi, Ayurveda and Yoga), Native American practices, homeopathy, osteopathy, and specific modalities (such as acupuncture, auriculotherapy, chelation, aromatherapy, music therapy, sauna, meditation and prayer, animal-assisted therapy, Shiatsu and massage, magnetotherapy, and spinal cord stimulation). Chapters on specific approaches and therapies are organized to discuss the history and rationale behind each alternative practice, the strengths and weaknesses of the available clinical studies, the potential risks and benefits, and how the therapy might be integrated into a conventional medical practice.

• Edited by a prominent clinical cardiologist and researcher, each chapter provides authoritative and evidence-based assessment of CAM practice in relation to cardiovascular medicine.
• This is the first comprehensive text on CAM as used in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
• Provides professionals with all the appropriate information to answer questions from patients about CAM treatments.
• Coverage of a wide variety of therapies makes this book practical for clinical use.
• Each chapter uses an evidence-based approach to describe a specific CAM practice or approach and then backs the information up with available research.
• All chapters are organized in a similar fashion with appropriate use of tables, figures, and supplementary critical dialogue.
• Introductory chapters on placebo and medicolegal implications of CAM practice gives readers more information on how to prepare those who are interested in integrating CAM care and answers questions about legal ramifications.
• Includes critical discussions on nutriceuticals (vitamins & supplements) and herbal medicine as they relate to cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention.
• Covers both the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, making this book the most comprehensive and useful reference available on the subject of CAM and cardiac illness.
• Covers a wide variety of CAM modalities, approaches, and regional/indigenous practices and therapies, giving the practitioner access to the many therapies that might be useful in his or her practice.
• A detailed chapter on the Columbia-Presbyterian Integrative Medicine program demonstrates how a clinician can implement a CAM program for care and research purposes in a hospital-clinic setting.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Magdi Mohamed Saba, MB, BCh, MSc (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book provides an overview of complementary medicine with a focus on the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Authored by champions of alternative medicine, it is a comprehensive review of an often misunderstood topic. The book offers a refreshing approach by focusing throughout on the patient rather than the disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide interested readers with a comprehensive review of the techniques of complementary and integrative medicine.
Audience: The target audience is quite broad. Medical students, physicians in training, primary care physicians, internists, and cardiologists will find this book of interest.
Features: Organized into six sections, this is a compendium of the philosophies and techniques involved in the practice of complementary medicine. The book is divided into 27 chapters, each reviewing a specific topic, such as the placebo effect, nutritional/herbal approaches, cognitive therapy, and including regional philosophies and methods. Chapters covering the placebo effect and the medicolegal nuances of practicing complementary medicine stand out as particularly well written. An analysis of the available clinical trials, some of which are randomized and controlled, is provided. The book does not address the arguments for and against applying the scientific method to evaluate the outcomes of complementary and alternative medicine.
Assessment: This is a timely addition to the current literature on the management of the patient with cardiovascular disease. Overall, the book will be a useful tool for caregivers who are trying to gain insight into the role of complementary medicine.
From the Publisher
"Interesting reading that helps explain various therapies that our patients seek." Complementary Medicine, July / August 2005

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780323030021
Publisher:
Elsevier Health Sciences
Publication date:
11/19/2004
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.26(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.18(d)

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