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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marc A. Silver, MD, FACP, FACC (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This volume, the seventh in the American Heart Association Monograph Series, reviews the important topic of heart failure. Particularly, it reviews the diagnostic and prognostic importance of exercise intolerance as well as the role of exercise training as a therapeutic modality.
Purpose: The editors are experts in the area of exercise physiology and testing and intend to cover the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical applications of exercise testing and exercise training. Despite the compactness of the volume, they admirably achieve this task with very current information and references.
Audience: Almost anyone working with patients with heart failure could glean information from this book, but its major audience focus is the cardiologist, the internist with an interest in exercise testing, the cardiac rehabilitation specialist, or the heart failure nurse clinician. Cardiology trainees would also benefit, because much of the information in the book would help them fill gaps present in most training programs.
Features: The book takes a stepwise approach to emphasizing the scope of the heart failure problem, the prognostic importance of effort intolerance, other therapeutic approaches to heart failure treatment, and finally the application of exercise training as a safe and effective therapeutic adjunct for heart failure patients. Also included are chapters related to the post heart transplant patient and their special problems.
Assessment: Because of the up-to-date focus, well written style, simple but clear and ample illustrations, this volume should bridge the important gap between standard texts on exercise and cardiac rehabilitation and the need to better understand contemporary diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients.