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From The CriticsReviewer: Carlos D Giraldo, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is an update of an overview of the best evidence for the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disorders. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: This book is intended to be used in two ways: as a reference for in-depth understanding of cardiovascular disorders, and as a guide to the best evidence to guide the management of specific cardiovascular conditions.
Audience: Students, physicians in training, midlevel practitioners, and practicing clinicians are the intended readers.
Features: Part I of the book's four parts addresses concepts related to evidence-based cardiology and critical appraisal. Part II is devoted to preventive strategies; part III encompasses the management of specific cardiovascular disorders; and part IV focuses on how the evidence base can be used in individual case studies. This edition includes new chapters on vascular complications in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery, occupational cardiology, ablation therapies for atrial fibrillation, adult congenital heart disease, and adjunctive therapies for coronary reperfusion. Many useful summary tables integrate state-of-the-art evidence with clinical practice challenges.
Assessment: The is a useful addition to the field of cardiology that expands on current comprehensive books, such as the Mayo Clinic Cardiology: Concise Textbook, 3rd edition, Murphy and Lloyd (Informa Healthcare, 2007), by incorporating current clinical trial data in a format that helps with clinical decision making. The authors have succeeded in creating a multidimensional reference that fulfills their objectives, explaining the how and why of specific interventions.