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From The CriticsReviewer: Dharmendrakumar A Patel, MD MPH(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is an update of an advanced book that explains the qualitative and quantitative interpretation of echocardiography and outlines the application of this information to clinical decision making. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: It is designed as the definitive reference on the diagnostic utility of echocardiography in clinical practice.
Audience: The clinical information in this book will be of value to all cardiovascular specialists, cardiology fellows, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, and clinical researchers.
Features: Each chapter features an advanced discussion, by an expert in the field, which builds upon the basics of echocardiography. The primary focus is on the role of echocardiography in clinical decision making and the impact on clinical outcomes. There is also an emphasis on the principles of optimal data acquisition, quantitative approaches to data analysis, potential technical limitations, and areas of active research. In addition, the book reviews the strengths and limitations of alternate diagnostic approaches to put the role of echocardiography into the context of clinical practice. Detailed tables, color illustrations, echocardiographic images, Doppler tracings, and figures with key data from published outcome studies provide clarity and depth. Some of the highlights of this edition include new chapters on echocardiographic guidance of structural heart disease interventions and echocardiographic evaluation of cardiac assist devices.
Assessment: The reference offers expert guidance on interpretation of echocardiographic studies as well as the use of advanced techniques and their application to daily clinical decision making.