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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patrick T Campbell, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is an introductory book for both medical students and interns on the basics of cardiovascular disease.
Purpose: It is designed to be a quick reference guide for medical students and interns during their ward rotations. It successfully provides a quick reference for many of the basic concepts in cardiology.
Audience: The intended audience is relatively inexperienced care providers, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, medical students, and interns caring for patients with cardiovascular diseases.
Features: The book reviews the basic concepts of cardiovascular medicine from the initial history and physical examination to the basics of ECG interpretation. The information is clearly presented with supporting images and diagrams. Concise algorithms and tables help to organize key facts. The book provides a step-by-step guide necessary for the initial and basic evaluation of patients with common conditions such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and palpitations. There are also references for more in-depth reading.
Assessment: This is a useful tool for introducing inexperienced healthcare providers to basic concepts of the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease. The information is presented in a concise and easily understood format that allows quick and easy assimilation.