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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amit Prasad, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a summary of the current state of knowledge in the field of acute coronary syndromes.
Purpose: It is intended as a handbook for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with this condition.
Audience: Those actively engaged in the care of patients with acute coronary syndromes will find this book a useful resource. It is intended for students, physicians in training, and clinicians. Most will use this as a reference to read certain sections for updates on specific topics.
Features: A large part of this handbook is dedicated to the optimal treatment of patients with acute coronary syndromes and the appropriate noninvasive evaluation of patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome. This focus is appropriate is given the large weight of evidence in these areas. Readers are sometimes given algorithms on management but more often are presented with relevant, evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. These discussions of the relevant evidence behind clinical decisions are one of the strengths of this handbook. Six chapters cover diagnosis, management, and prevention written by leading experts in the field. A smaller portion of the book addresses diagnosis and prevention, reflecting some of the controversy in this field. The book does not stray from the current guidelines and avoids addressing some recent clinical evidence that supports more aggressive interventions for secondary prevention.
Assessment: Overall, this is an attractive handbook with well-organized sections that are easy to read, with many figures and charts, providing an excellent overview of the evidence-based management of acute coronary syndromes.