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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Surya M Artham, MD, MPH (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This concise, easy to understand, and thorough book on a wide range of subtopics in cardiovascular (CV) diseases has its origins in the original three editions of Heart Disease and Rehabilitation published in 1979, 1986, and 1995.
Purpose: The primary objective is to provide a complete overview of CV risk factors, primary and secondary prevention strategies, and current diagnostic and management strategies. This book honors the legacy of Dr. Michael L. Pollock, with chapters dedicated to the past, present, and future status of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise training (CRET).
Audience: According to the authors, the book is meant for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and rehabilitation specialists. With its impeccable, up-to-date, and latest CV content, it is also a reference source for both residents and fellows in training. The authors are well known and respected authorities in their respective fields.
Features: The book covers topics ranging from epidemiology and pathophysiology to the latest evidence-based diagnostic and treatment strategies, including the highly underutilized and underprescribed CRET. The exhaustive section on CRET is the best part of this book. Summarizing the highlights and important points in tables, flow charts, and diagrams is the innovative strength of this book.
Assessment: This is a high quality book in terms of its emphasis on risk factor modification, prevention, and rehabilitation strategies, which prominent textbooks in this field, like Topol's Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 3rd edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007), and others fail to address. This book can be read and assimilated in a week, and is an excellent replacement for the previous editions.