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From The CriticsReviewer: Jamshid Alaeddini, MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: Written as part of a companion series to Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 6th edition (W.B. Saunders 2001), this book offers the latest evidence based upon advances in understanding of the basic mechanisms, assessment, and treatment of heart failure. The book includes contributions by distinguished international experts in the field of heart failure.
Purpose: As the leading diagnosis for hospitalization of the elderly, heart failure deserves a comprehensive textbook that provides a well written experts opinion based on the latest studies. The purpose of this book is to provide a vehicle for physicians providing care for patients with heart failure. The book succeeds in this mission.
Audience: The primary audiences for this book are cardiology fellows, practicing cardiologists, and heart failure specialists. However, other physicians who provide care to a large number of patients with heart failure in their practice and wish to provide the latest evidence-based medicine will find this book an excellent reference.
Features: The book is composed of five sections. The first two sections cover the basic mechanisms underlying heart failure and its progression in detail. The next two sections provide a comprehensive review of the etiologic basis of heart failure and explain assessment and evaluation of these patients. Finally, the last section provides an extensive discussion about the available therapies along with summaries of the major clinical trials in the field of heart failure management. The book is full of excellent graphs adapted from the major clinical trials which is a helpful feature. It also has a well illustrated color plate section.
Assessment: The authors succeed in providing one of the most comprehensive heart failure textbooks for their readers. This book is an essential part of the library of every cardiology fellow and clinician who wish to provide the latest evidence-based care to their heart failure patients.