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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is an extraordinarily useful distillation of cardiology medicine for those who are not interested in or have time for a comprehensive textbook with all the fundamental scientific background. It is a practical, everyday, in-practice book.
Purpose: It puts the translational evidence into the hands of those in primary care, emphasizing what primary care clinicians need to know when caring for patients with cardiovascular disease. Recognizing that much of the cardiology literature can be confusing and at times contradictory, this book outlines how to put it all in perspective. The authors have produced a very useful book.
Audience: As the title states, this is targeted at primary care clinicians, which it does very well. It does anticipate readers have some previous knowledge of medical terminology and basic pathophysiology in this area. The authors and contributors are well known and respected in the field.
Features: The book begins with a general description of cardiovascular risk factors and moves through the major divisions of cardiology: coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, valvular disease, and, most informative, an approach to imaging the heart. The supporting figures and color images are very well presented.
Assessment: This is an absolute gem for primary care clinicians, as it gives practical guidance without overstating the vast literature being published monthly. It is a highly worthwhile publication for every primary care clinician's library.