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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carlos D Giraldo, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This timely update of the 2003 edition of a manual of cardiovascular medicine incorporates recent guidelines and includes many updated tables and algorithms. This is a nice addition to the Washington Manual subspecialty consult series.
Purpose: This is intended as a quick reference guide to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The authors aim to deliver a frontline application of up-to-date guidelines with focus on patient care.
Audience: The book is written for students, physicians in training, midlevel practitioners, and cardiology fellows. The editors are known for producing review manuals that are a nice addition to any white coat.
Features: This edition provides a complete revision of every chapter and adds seven new chapters that focus on diagnostic testing and imaging, peripheral arterial disease, cardiovascular disease in diabetes, and venous thrombosis. There are also sections on cardiovascular diseases in special populations, advanced electrocardiography, and perioperative cardiac risk stratification. It incorporates an updated design with color for emphasis of key points, as well as an innovative appendix that provides key features of more commonly used cardiac medications.
Assessment: This is a very useful manual for healthcare providers interested in providing up-to-date care for their patients with cardiovascular diseases. It is truly a one stop, quick reference that has value for daily clinical practice.