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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: George T Deriso, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: The editors have brought together recognized experts to create this well organized and up-to-date reference on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.
Purpose: It is intended to fulfill the need for a book for clinicians on the up-to-date management of patients with cardiovascular disease or who are at risk for developing it. The intention of the authors is to provide a resource for busy practicing clinicians rather than an encyclopedic text. These worthy objectives are met by the authors.
Audience: The audience is primarily the practicing physician taking care of patients who are at risk for, or have, cardiovascular disease, but the book is useful for those in training and nonphysician practitioners who frequently take care of this large group of patients.
Features: The 21 chapters are full of well integrated and easy to follow figures, graphs, and tables. Algorithms and treatment guidelines to illustrate standard of care practices are followed by case studies to reinforce the material. The book is evidence-based, citing many clinical trials, and is practical, balancing biochemical and physiologic principles and mechanisms with focused attention on everyday issues of caring for patients with specific metabolic and cardiovascular disorders. The well known cardiovascular disease processes and risk factors, such as congestive heart failure, peripheral and coronary atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemias, and tobacco use are well covered and areas of primary and secondary prevention are stressed throughout. In addition, areas of recent interest and investigation, such as cardiovascular disease in women and members of different racial and ethnic groups, are explored in detail.
Assessment: The editors have succeeded in providing an up-to-date, complete, and easy to read reference for clinicians caring for patients who have, or are at risk of developing, cardiovascular disease. This book will aid clinicians across a variety of specialties in the application of current guidelines and principles in order to provide the most comprehensive, current, and evidence-based care on a more regular basis.