Description: This book covers the most important cardiovascular topics in critical care medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to equip providers with a framework for managing patients in the cardiac care unit and to educate patients and family members on common disease processes encountered in the CCU.
Audience: The target audience includes members of the healthcare team (nurses, medical students, residents, fellows, attendings) as well as patients and their families.
Features: The first half of the book reviews acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and arrhythmias. The second examines valvular, aortic, and pericardial disease before moving on to a discussion of intensive care therapy and chronic management of risk factors. Each chapter is divided into two sections. Part A, aimed at providers, incorporates pathophysiology, diagnosis, CCU management, and discharge planning. Part B reviews the same topic, but for patients and their families.
Assessment: This is an important review of the most common disease processes encountered in the cardiac care unit. A distinctive feature is the review at the end of each chapter written for the general public and intended for patients and their families.