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From The CriticsReviewer: Karen S Yehle, PhD, MS, RN (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: This pocket-sized book provides a large amount of information for any healthcare professional who works with patients and families at risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to guide healthcare professionals through preventive assessment for cardiovascular disease to potential diagnosis and treatment options for both patients and families. The book is an all-inclusive approach to risk factor management for cardiovascular disease.
Audience: It is intended for every member of the healthcare team, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, dieticians, and counselors, as an example. It is also appropriate for graduate students and undergraduates who are especially interested in disease prevention and health promotion. It is written by a cadre of authors who are members of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Features: The book details how to calculate risk, and how to help those at risk make changes in their lifestyle choices. The book is based upon the European Society of Cardiology demonstration project called EUROACTION and includes principles and protocols for lifestyle changes. U.S. audiences may not be familiar with EUROACTION, but readers would still glean much appropriate information they could use in working with patients and families. One suggestion for improvement would be to use color figures — the black-and-white figures can be difficult to read. The color plates that are included are excellent.
Assessment: For a pocket-sized book, this manual contains a huge amount of useful information for healthcare professionals, and is conveniently sized for a lab coat pocket. In addition to risk calculation and lifestyle modification, the book contains instructions related to offering a health promotion program and a supervised exercise program. Lastly, a definite strength of this book is that any member of the healthcare team can benefit from it.