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From The CriticsReviewer: Samir N. Patel, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the third edition of book that provides up-to-date information on the management of cardiovascular disease. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an unbiased review and evaluation of randomized trials and meta-analyses pertaining to the management of complex cardiovascular issues. The book succinctly combines the management strategies of clinical consultants from different areas of expertise and addresses the implications of conventional treatment. This important effort analyzes the most recent data and successfully summarizes treatment strategies for the busy practicing cardiologist.
Audience: Those involved in managing patients with cardiovascular disease, including students, trainees, mid-level providers, residents, fellows, and practicing cardiologists are the intended audience. The editors serve as directors within their respective departments as well as on several editorial boards.
Features: The book addresses a wide array of complex cardiovascular problems, including acute coronary syndromes, cardiogenic shock, heart failure, and valvular disease. It offers a wide range of solutions, incorporating evidence-based medical information, with each option supported by published evidence. The third edition distills information in several reader-friendly categories such as: critical thinking, evidence-based medicine, emerging trends, clinical pearls, real world questions, and take home messages. The information is presented in an organized fashion with good use of tables and figures.
Assessment: As it summarizes recent clinical data and offers the most appropriate treatment strategies for various cardiovascular issues, this book is very useful for busy cardiologists. It compares favorably to other cardiology texts because it incorporates the most recent randomized trials. The third edition is necessary because of the rapidly evolving nature of cardiology.