Description: This book describes the day-to-day challenges an interventional cardiologist faces in the cardiac catheterization lab. From common everyday decisions, to the management of rare problems, this book provides a complete guide to understanding the necessary concepts. It is unique in its problem-oriented approach, relating personal experiences of some of the best physicians in interventional cardiology and illustrations of selected cases.
Purpose: This is meant to prepare interventional cardiologists with available techniques to get optimal results from intervention using proper patient selection and stent implantation techniques and minimizing complications. Each chapter is structured to illustrate the importance of optimizing techniques to enhance patient care.
Audience: This book is meant for trainees and practitioners in interventional cardiology. The editor, Dr. Colombo, is an authority in the field.
Features: This well written book begins by emphasizing the fundamental principle of "do no harm" with an excellent chapter on the prevention and treatment of procedural complications. It then moves on to the management of common problems with descriptions of actual cases using a step-by-step approach with excellent illustrations. These are followed by reviews of the new technologies, like intravascular ultrasound and cardiac MRI, that will have a greater role in interventional cardiology in the future.
Assessment: This book not only provides the technical tips and tricks but also describes the thought processes used in problem solving in the catheterization lab.