The Human Heart: A Basic Guide to Heart Disease / Edition 2

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This basic text on the heart and heart diseases is geared to everyone on the cardiovascular care team, including emergency personnel, interns, residents, nurses, patients, and families. The thoroughly updated Second Edition describes current technologies for noninvasive diagnosis and treatment of coronary and vascular disease. Coverage includes a complete description of echocardiographic stress testing and new information on implanted defibrillators, indications for coronary arteriography, new drugs for heart failure, new cardiac resuscitation procedures, and use of ventricular synchronizing pacemakers. Also included are discussions of recently discovered lethal entities such as Brugada's syndrome, short QT syndrome, and the arrhythmogenic ventricle.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: James M Schipper, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a book describing cardiac pathophysiology, including disease states as well as diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The previous edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: This book aims to describe cardiac function, pathology, and treatment in simple, everyday language. Nonthreatening, it is meant to be a starting point for gaining cardiovascular knowledge.
Audience: The author notes that this began as a handbook for cardiac patients, but through the years has been upgraded to a medical textbook. It is intended to be used by medical personnel including students, nurses, paramedics, midlevels, house officers, and family practitioners. It seems this book is more likely to appeal to those at the beginning of their exposure to cardiovascular disease, but that they may quickly outgrow it.
Features: A broad range of cardiac topics is covered, including basic physiology as well as common cardiac diseases and their treatment. A large number of illustrations generally complement and clarify the text well. Occasionally, however, both the text and illustrations are overly simplistic. Review questions at the end could help students solidify their learning.
Assessment: This book fills a niche as a basic primer for the study of cardiovascular disease. It helps to make difficult topics easier to understand, but at the price of oversimplification. Given the rapid advances in cardiovascular medicine over the past 10 years, this update is necessary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781767774
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Structure and Function of the Normal Heart

Valves of the Heart

Pumping Action of the Heart

Blood Supply of the Heart

The Functioning Normal Heart

Heart Failure

Hypertensive Heart Disease

Coronary Heart Disease

The Heart Valves

The Autonomic or Automatic Nervous System

The Electrocardiogram

Cardiac Arrhythmias

Congenital Heart Disease

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Pregnancy and Heart Disease

Pulmonary Heart Disease

Imaginary Heart Disease

To Pace or Not to Pace

Medical Treatment of Heart Failure

Catheterization of the Heart and Coronary Arteriography

Cardiac Surgery

Heart Attack

Measuring the Efficiency of the Heart

Special Diagnostic Procedures

Review Test


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