The Cardiovascular System at a Glance (Blackwell At a Glance Series)

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The Cardiovascular System At A Glance combines the concise style of the 'At A Glance' series with a systemic approach in line with the new teaching programs now in place at most medical schools around the world.

The text progresses from basic science to clinical application: a general introduction to the cardiovascular system is followed by anatomy and histology; blood and body fluids; biochemistry and excitation-contraction coupling; form and ...

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Overview

The Cardiovascular System At A Glance combines the concise style of the 'At A Glance' series with a systemic approach in line with the new teaching programs now in place at most medical schools around the world.

The text progresses from basic science to clinical application: a general introduction to the cardiovascular system is followed by anatomy and histology; blood and body fluids; biochemistry and excitation-contraction coupling; form and function; integration and regulation; pathology and therapeutics; and case studies.

The five authors, from St Thomas' and Guy's (London) and John Hopkins (Baltimore), have between them more than 40 years' experience in teaching the cardiovascular system, and have all been instrumental in the move from subject-based to system-based learning at their medical schools.

This book will be of interest to medical students at all levels and to students of other health professions needing an introduction to the cardiovascular system.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: John F. Moran, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This book is focused on the cardiovascular system and is packaged with material that could be covered in a one-hour lecture.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive yet concise review of cardiovascular topics integrating structure, function, pathophysiology, and pharmacotherapeutics. The intent is to provide medical students what they need to pass exams. The authors accomplish these objectives.
Audience: The text is directed to pre-clinical medical students, but could also be used by advanced students and medical residents in need of a quick review of a cardiovascular topic.
Features: Each of the 51 chapters is built around an illustration or a table and is two pages long. There are sections on cardiovascular physiology, pathology, and therapeutics. All chapters have a good illustration or table with key words in each chapter in bold print. The chapters are up-to-date (e.g., points are present on glycoprotein IIb IIIa blockers and coronary artery disease, beta blocker usage in congestive heart failure, intra cardiac defibrillators, and heart transplants). In case studies at the end of the book patients with congestive heart failure, aortic stenosis, angina, atrial flutter, and ventricular tachycardia are covered. This is an attempt to focus the student on patient problems. The index is good but no references are provided for additional reading.
Assessment: This is a good text for medical students who need a focused review on a cardiovascular topic.
John F. Moran
This book is focused on the cardiovascular system and is packaged with material that could be covered in a one-hour lecture. The purpose is to provide a comprehensive yet concise review of cardiovascular topics integrating structure, function, pathophysiology, and pharmacotherapeutics. The intent is to provide medical students what they need to pass exams. The authors accomplish these objectives. The text is directed to pre-clinical medical students, but could also be used by advanced students and medical residents in need of a quick review of a cardiovascular topic. Each of the 51 chapters is built around an illustration or a table and is two pages long. There are sections on cardiovascular physiology, pathology, and therapeutics. All chapters have a good illustration or table with key words in each chapter in bold print. The chapters are up-to-date (e.g., points are present on glycoprotein IIb IIIa blockers and coronary artery disease, beta blocker usage in congestive heart failure, intra cardiac defibrillators, and heart transplants). In case studies at the end of the book patients with congestive heart failure, aortic stenosis, angina, atrial flutter, and ventricular tachycardia are covered. This is an attempt to focus the student on patient problems. The index is good but no references are provided for additional reading. This is a good text for medical students who need a focused review on a cardiovascular topic.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632049714
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: At a Glance Series , #3
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 125
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.89 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 4
Sources of illustrations 5
Introduction
1 Overview of the cardiovascular system 6
Anatomy and histology
2 Gross anatomy and histology of the heart 8
3 Vascular anatomy 10
4 Vascular histology and smooth muscle cell ultrastructure 12
Blood and body fluids
5 Constituents of blood 14
6 Erythropoiesis, haemoglobin and anaemia 16
7 Haemostasis and thrombosis 18
8 Blood groups and transfusions 20
Biochemistry and cellular physiology
9 Membrane potential, ion channels and pumps 22
10 Electrophysiology of cardiac muscle and the origin of the heart beat 24
11 Excitation - contraction coupling in cardiac muscle cells 26
12 Vascular smooth muscle excitation-contraction coupling 28
Form and function
13 Cardiac cycle 30
14 Control of cardiac output and Starling's Law of the Heart 32
15 Electrical conduction system in the heart 34
16 The electrocardiogram 36
17 Haemodynamics 38
18 Blood pressure and flow in the arteries and arterioles 40
19 The microcirculation and the lymphatic system 42
20 Fluid filtration in the microcirculation 44
21 The venous system 46
22 Local control of bloodflow 48
23 Regulation of the vasculature by the endothelium 50
24 The coronary, skeletal muscle, cutaneous and cerebral circulations 52
25 The pulmonary and fetal circulations 54
Integration and regulation
26 Cardiovascular reflexes 56
27 Autonomic control of the cardiovascular system 58
28 The control of blood volume 60
29 Cardiovascular effects of exercise 62
30 Shock and haemorrhage 64
Pathology and therapeutics
31 Risk factors for cardiovascular disease 66
32 Clinical measurement of cardiac and vascular function 68
33 Hyperlipidaemias 70
34 Atherosclerosis 72
35 Diagnosis and treatment of hypertension 74
36 Mechanisms of primary hypertension 76
37 Stable and variant angina 78
38 Unstable angina and revascularization 80
39 Pharmacological management of angina 82
40 Pathophysiology of acute myocardial infarction 84
41 Clinical aspects of acute myocardial infarction 86
42 Emerging approaches to therapy of coronary artery disease 88
43 Chronic heart failure 90
44 Treatment of chronic heart failure 93
45 Mechanisms of arrhythmia 96
46 Specific arrhythmias 98
47 Antiarrhythmic drugs 100
48 Diseases of the aortic valve 102
49 Diseases of the mitral valve 104
50 Congenital heart disease 106
51 Cardiac transplantation 108
Case studies: diagnosis, treatment, result
52 Case study: heart failure 110
53 Case study: valvular heart disease 112
54 Case study: ischaemic heart disease 114
55 Case studies: arrhythmias 116
Index 119
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