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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karen S Yehle, PhD, MS, RN (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: This book provides a concise review of 68 cardiovascular conditions in one section and information about the drugs used to treat them in another section.
Purpose: It can be inferred that the purpose is to provide readers with information about cardiovascular problems, including incidence, diagnosis, treatment, signs and symptoms, and complications.
Audience: This is a useful reference for all nurses who care for patients with cardiovascular conditions, and is especially helpful to nurses who are new to cardiovascular care.
Features: Cardiovascular disorders are grouped alphabetically in sections. A number of tables and algorithms are provided, as are simple drawings. Information is presented in an easy-to-understand format, a plus for novices. The drug section is a convenient resource. The appendixes are valuable, providing common combination drugs, a list of drugs by therapeutic class, and a list of suggested references for further reading. The index is thorough. Adding a preface or introduction to the book would be helpful for readers.
Assessment: This book is both easy to read and use. There are many pocket-sized and quick reference guides, but this one is unique in the way the drug section corresponds specifically to the conditions. It is well written and includes information that cardiovascular nurses can readily use as they care for patients with these conditions.