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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles Lanzarotti, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This book presents an interesting and comprehensive review of mechanisms of normal cardiac function, cardiac dysfunction in heart failure and therapeutic approaches to managing the syndrome of congestive heart failure.
Purpose: The book's purpose is to present a relevant review of the current understanding of the mechanisms of heart failure and the modalities of its management. In light of the large number of patients that are diagnosed with this disease process each year, this is an important topic in the area of cardiovascular disease.
Audience: This book will be useful to its target audience of clinicians and investigators interested in heart failure. The authors and contributors are well known and respected in the field of cardiovascular disease.
Features: The book contains countless illustrations, charts, graphs, gross and microscopic pathologic specimens, as well as multiple treatment algorithms which effectively provide a visual review of the topic. The references are comprehensive and up-to-date.
Assessment: This is a useful text for both clinicians and investigators interested in the field of congestive heart failure. It provides a detailed and comprehensive review of all aspects of cardiac function and dysfunction. The numerous detailed schematics and illustrations help clarify the intricate mechanisms involved in congestive heart failure. Thus, this book will be of value to those who seek a better understanding of this complex topic.