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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Omar Faisal Khatib, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book illustrates the role of echocardiography in the diagnosis and management of heart failure, and the related subject of echocardiography in heart transplant and ventricular assist devices.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide expert guidance in the use of echocardiography to evaluate heart failure.
Audience: The intended readership includes cardiologists, particularly those who are interested in echocardiography and/or heart failure, cardiology fellows, sonographers, and cardiac sonographer students.
Features: "The book is divided into chapters covering echocardiography in heart failure (systolic, diastolic, and right heart failure), cardiomyopathies (hypertensive, ischemic, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), and echocardiography with ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation. Each chapter discusses the basic principles, pointing to the advantages and limitations of the modality, and highlighting the key points in a separate box. The text is enriched with images, tables, and figures. Readers are also directed to online videos. Following each chapter there is a list of suggested reading on the subject. "
Assessment: This is a concise yet comprehensive overview of echocardiography in heart failure and related conditions.