a step-by-step description of pacemaker ECG interpretations
a brief refresher course on basic ECG interpretation with an overview of the conduction system of the heart
a review of the hardware associated with pacing
an explanation and discussion of the sensing and pacing function
coverage of the most common pacing modalities and unusual pacing situations
a series of case studies that bring together all of the information
learned and provide the reader with a self-assessment of topics to review
ECGs, charts, and illustrations
Provides a full understanding of the ECG in the diagnosis and management of abnormal cardiac rhythms.
Emphasises the role of the full 12 lead ECG with realistic reproduction of recordings.
The unique page size allows presentation of all 12-lead ECGs across a single page for clarity.Restructured into two clear sections, the first ‘The Basics’ explains the ECG in the simplest possible terms.
The new second section, ‘Making the most of the ECG’, has separate chapters on the ECG patterns that might be seen in healthy subjects and in patients presenting with chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations or syncope.
Updates reflect current changes to the fourth edition of ECGs Made Easy.UPDATED content and illustrations reflect changes to ECGs Made Easy, 5th Edition.
Several of the cases incorporate chest X-rays and coronary angiograms illustrating the appearances that are associated with various cardiac conditions.
All the cases are graded in difficulty and are cross-referenced to the new editions of ECG Made Easy and ECG in Practice for further information.
For this Fourth Edition over 30 new ECGs have been included, mainly to provide clearer examples, though the book deliberately retains some technically poor records to maintain a ’real-world’ perspective.
The easily referenced outline format allows health practitioners of all levels to understand and apply basic concepts to patient care--perfect for cardiothoracic and general surgery residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, cardiologists, medical students, and critical care nurses involved in the care of both routine and complex cardiac surgery patients.
This comprehensive guide features:Detailed presentation addressing all aspects of perioperative care for adult cardiac surgery patients Outline format allowing quick access to information Chronological approach to patient care starting with diagnostic tests then covering preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care issues Additional chapters discuss bleeding, the respiratory, cardiac, and renal subsystems as well as aspects of care specific to recovery on the postoperative floor Updated references, information on new drug indications and new evidence to support various treatment/management options.
Practical and accessible, this new edition of Manual of Perioperative Care in Adult Cardiac Surgery is the essential reference guide to cardiac surgical patient care.
A companion Website will include the fully searchable text, an image bank, an interactive question bank, and an EKG image with explanation test bank.
Chapter objectives preview the main points in each chapter.
Stop and Review sections at the end of the chapters help you remember the most important information.
ACLS Pearls boxes offer key points and useful tips for clinical practice.
Keeping it Simple boxes provide essential information in a clear and concise manner.
Ten case studies present real-life clinical situations, allowing you to make decisions based on information in the Preparatory section.
Consistent format of case studies includes Objective, Skills to Master, Rhythms to Master, Medications to Master, Related Text Chapters, Essential Actions, and Unacceptable Actions.
A heart rate ruler is included to help you interpret ECGs.
4 x 6 pocket-size quick-reference card contains key ACLS algorithms for field use.100 new and updated photos and illustrations show key ACLS procedures and equipment. Pharmacological interventions are integrated into the chapters for a more cohesive learning experience. New streamlined approach reduces the number of pages and simplifies the information you need to know.
Access the power of your heart's intelligence to improve your focus and creativity, elevate your emotional clarity, lower your stress and anxiety levels, strengthen your immune system, promote your body's optimal performance, and slow the aging process.
Are you one of the eighty-two million Americans currently diagnosed with cardiovascular disease—or one of the millions more who think they are healthy but are at risk? Whether your goal is to get the best treatment or stay out of the cardiologist’s office, your heart's health depends upon accurate information and correct answers to key questions.
In Heart 411, two renowned experts, heart surgeon Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Steven Nissen, tackle the questions their patients have raised over their decades of practice: Can the stress of my job really lead to a heart attack? How does exercise help my heart, and what is the right amount and type of exercise? What are the most important tests for my heart, and when do I need them? How do symptoms and treatments differ among men, women, and children?
Backed by decades of clinical experience and up-to-the-minute research, yet written in the accessible, down-to-earth tone of your trusted family doctor, Heart 411 cuts through the confusion to give you the knowledge and tools you need to live a long and heart-healthy life.
When Stephen Westaby witnessed a patient die on the table during open-heart surgery for the first time, he was struck by the quiet, determined way the surgeons walked away. As he soon understood, this detachment is a crucial survival strategy in a profession where death is only a heartbeat away. In Open Heart, Westaby reflects on over 11,000 surgeries, showing us why the procedures have never become routine and will never be. With astonishing compassion, he recounts harrowing and sometimes hopeful stories from his operating room: we meet a pulseless man who lives with an electric heart pump, an expecting mother who refuses surgery unless the doctors let her pregnancy reach full term, and a baby who gets a heart transplant-only to die once it's in place.
For readers of Atul Gawande's Being Mortal and of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Open Heart offers a soul-baring account of a life spent in constant confrontation with death.
500 Multiple Choice Questions with Discussion
Ramdas G. Pai, MD, Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University, CA, USA
Padmini Varadarajan, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University, CA, USA
Echocardiography is an essential tool for the modern-day cardiologist and routinely used in the diagnosis, management and follow-up of patients with suspected or known heart diseases.
This best-selling book now returns in a fully revised new edition, once again providing cardiologists and cardiology/echocardiography trainees with a rapid reference, self-assessment question and answer guide to all aspects of echocardiography.
Packed with full-color images and written by experienced echocardiographers, the book covers:applied ultrasound physics practical hydrodynamics valvular heart disease myocardial diseases congenital heart disease non-invasive hemodynamics surgical echocardiography
Containing 500 case-based questions, including clear explanations and discussions for every question, Echocardiography Board Review, 2nd Edition, is the perfect preparation guide for all those about to take the National Board of Echocardiography’s Board exam, including cardiology and echocardiography trainees and specialist physicians preparing for re-certification. Sonographers planning to take RDCS or RDMS certification examinations should find this book very helpful as well.
Of related interestPractical Manual of Echocardiography in the Urgent Setting
Fridman, ISBN 978-0-470-65997-7
Successful Accreditation in Echocardiography: A Self-Assessment Guide
Banypersad, ISBN 978-0-470-65692-1
Builds on the basic knowledge outlined in the classic ECG Made Easy
Emphasises the individuality of every ECG and uses full 12-lead ECG recordings to provide a realistic reproduction of the clinical environment.
The unique page size allows presentation of all 12-lead ECGs across a single page for clarity.
Each chapter begins with a brief account of the relevant history and examination and ends with a short account of what might be done once the ECG has been interpreted.
Now integrated throughout the book is text on electrophysiology and electrical devices. With pacemakers and implanted defibrillators now common among patients on general medical take, this material guides the reader in recognising their purpose and making a preliminary analysis of any malfunction.
The easily referenced outline format allows health practitioners of all levels to understand and apply basic concepts to patient care—perfect for cardiothoracic and general surgery residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, cardiologists, medical students, and critical care nurses involved in the care of both routine and complex cardiac surgery patients.
This comprehensive guide features:
Detailed presentation addressing all aspects of perioperative care for adult cardiac surgery patients
Outline format allowing quick access to information
Chronological approach to patient care starting with diagnostic tests then covering preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care issues
Additional chapters discussing bleeding, the respiratory, cardiac, and renal subsystems in depth, and aspects of care specific to recovery on the postoperative floor
Completely updated references
Extensive illustrations, including NEW figures depicting operative techniques
14 helpful appendices covering order and flow sheets, protocols, commonly used drug dosages, and procedures
Practical and accessible, the Manual of Perioperative Care in Adult Cardiac Surgery is the essential reference guide to cardiac surgical patient care.
Unique Flip and See section at the end of the book allows you to see each rhythm side-by-side with a normal ECG rhythm, while a written walkthrough explains the important differences between the rhythms.
Excuse Me! features highlight frequently asked student questions with easy-to-understand answers. Conversational language and clear illustrations and cartoons make the information easy to remember and fun to learn.New and updated information across the entire book includes coverage of new pacemaker strips and now includes 12-lead interpretation and 12-lead axis identification.
New cartoons have been added to make key points memorable and entertaining.
Updated algorithms reflect the new 2010 ECC Guidelines.
Completely redesigned Cohn's Pocket Guide for ECG Interpretation, a plastic heart rate ruler, aids both students and practitioners in rhythm interpretation. Expanded appendix provides illustrations of ECG complexes as they relate to heart damage.
Heart disease kills more people than any other medical condition,
and no one is more aware of this than renowned cardiologist Dr. Chauncey
Crandall. In addition to having performed over 40,000 heart procedures during
his career, Dr. Crandall has experienced this deadly disease on the most
personal level — as a patient.
At the age of 48, and with no major risk factors, he found himself
in the ER with a blockage of his main coronary artery. After emergency
intervention, he recovered from heart disease using the same course of
treatment he recommends to his thousands of patients, making him living proof
of his program’s success.
In his new book, The Simple
Heart Cure: The 90-Day Program to Stop and Reverse Heart Disease, you’ll
find this top doc’s groundbreaking, three-pronged approach to prevent and
reverse heart disease — an approach honed by his study of cultures free of
heart disease, and his decades of experience helping thousands of patients
achieve a healthier heart at any age.
So if you’re recovering from a heart attack or concerned with
preventive maintenance, you’ll find the help you need in The Simple Heart Cure, including
great, heart-healthy menus, and a 90-day, week-by-week plan to help you start
taking action immediately.
are just a few of the potentially life-saving gems you’ll discover in The
Simple Heart Cure: The 90-Day Program to Stop and Reverse Heart Disease:
How to slash your risk of a deadly heart
attack by 61%... Proven ways to banish your “bad” cholesterol… 8 easy steps to head off high blood pressure… How you can safeguard against lethal stroke…
Simple strategies to unclog your arteries — without
surgery… What your belly says about your heart health… Must-have heart tests for every person over
50… Easy solutions to steer clear of statin drugs… Special advice for women, diabetics, the
very stressed, and much more…
“By following the advice in Dr.
Chauncey Crandall’s new book The Simple Heart Cure, you can
surmount the biggest challenge of all and win your battle against heart
— Scott Carpenter, Astronaut, NASA’s Mercury
When it comes to your heart health, The Simple Heart Cure
could be the most important book you’ll ever read!
Electrophysiological Testing has become the most trusted resource for those learning or mastering EP testing, from students, nurse and technicians to residents, cardiology fellows, primary care physicians and cardiologists. Dr Fogoros's singular approach clarifies the role of electrophysiology in the evaluation of cardiac arrhythmias and provides clear, easy-to-understand summaries of complex topics. The result is a book that provides just what you need – not more – to successfully test for abnormal heart rhythms using today’s most common devices and techniques.
What's new?Completely revised to update the data from recent randomized trials on ablation, ICDs and CRT Expanded information on the CARTO system A chapter on dysautomia Plus an all-new section of self-assessment questions to help you master essential concepts and test your recall of key information
For more than thirty years, Electrophysiologic Testing has been a trusted introduction to the field of electrophysiology for anyone needing to quickly acquaint themselves with basic concepts and procedures of EP testing, especially medical students, residents, nurses and technicians. At the same time, it also has served as a ready reference for medical practitioners wanting to brush up on aspects of electrophysiology, or to fine-tune their mastery of the field.
Updates and additions featured in the Sixth Edition of this classic guide include extensive new material on the ablation of cardiac arrhythmias, including new chapters on the ablation of atrial fibrillation, typical and atypical atrial flutters and ventricular arrhythmias.
The ultimate guide to applying, performing and interpreting EP tests to optimise the treatment of patients with cardiac arrhythmias, Electrophysiologic Testing, Sixth Edition:Clarifies the role of electrophysiology in the evaluation of cardia arrhythmias Provides clear summaries of complex topics Features a uniquely user-friendly style that makes information easy to digest and recall Offers clear, step-by-step guidance on performing EP tests and interpreting their results Reviews the latest developments in therapeutic electrophysiology
As with all previous editions, this updated and revised Sixth Edition was written with the goal of demystifying electrophysiology, and making it readily accessible to virtually anyone with a professional need. To that end, Drs. Fogoros and Mandrola have once again turned in a masterful performance.
Dr. Forrester tells the story of these rebels and the risks they took with their own lives and the lives of others to heal the most elemental of human organs - the heart. The result is a compelling chronicle of a disease and its cure, a disease that is still with us, but one that is slowly being worn away by "The Heart Healers".
Written by a team of physicians from Emory University Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, practical pearls of wisdom about the technical aspects of cardiac catheterization and other invasive cardiology procedures are presented with step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations in this quick reference of essential material.
Also included is a chapter with video clips that highlight the role and technical versatility of the multipurpose catheter in cardiac catheterization—a technique developed, taught, and learned over many generations in the cardiac catheterization laboratories at Emory University.
Fundamentals of neurovascular anatomy and basic angiographic techniques;
Interventional Techniques and endovascular methods, along with useful device information and tips and tricks for daily practice;
Specific Disease States, with essential clinical information about commonly encountered conditions.
New features in the 2nd Edition include:
Global Gems that illuminate aspects of the field outside the United States;
Angio-anatomic and angio-pathologic image correlates;
Newly released clinical study results influencing neurointerventional practice;
Information on emerging technologies in this rapidly advancing field.
The Handbook is a vital resource for all clinicians involved in neurointerventional practice, including radiologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, cardiologists, and vascular surgeons.
For as long as he has served at the highest levels of business and government, Vice President Dick Cheney has also been one of the world’s most prominent heart patients. Now, for the first time ever, Cheney, together with his longtime cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, MD, shares the very personal story of his courageous thirty-five-year battle with heart disease, from his first heart attack in 1978 to the heart transplant he received in 2012.
In 1978, when Cheney suffered his first heart attack, he received essentially the same treatment President Eisenhower had had in 1955. Since then, cardiac medicine has been revolutionized, and Cheney has benefitted from nearly every medical breakthrough. At each juncture, when Cheney faced a new health challenge, the technology was one step ahead of his disease. Cheney’s story is in many ways the story of the evolution of modern cardiac care.
Heart is the riveting, singular memoir of both doctor and patient. Like no US politician has before him, Cheney opens up about his health struggles, sharing harrowing, never-before-told stories about the challenges he faced during a perilous time in our nation’s history. Dr. Reiner provides his perspective on Cheney’s case and also gives readers a fascinating glimpse into his own education as a doctor and the history of our understanding of the human heart. He masterfully chronicles the important discoveries, radical innovations, and cutting-edge science that have changed the face of medicine and saved countless lives.
Powerfully braiding science with story and the personal with the political, Heart is a sweeping, inspiring, and ultimately optimistic book that will give hope to the millions of Americans affected by heart disease.
Provides cardiologists with a thorough and up-to-date review of cardiology, from pathophysiology to practical, evidence-based management Ably synthesizes pathophysiology fundamentals and evidence based approaches to prepare a physician for a subspecialty career in cardiology Clinical chapters cover coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, valvular disorders, pericardial disorders, and peripheral arterial disease Practical chapters address ECG, coronary angiography, catheterization techniques, ecnocardiography, hemodynamics, and electrophysiological testing Includes over 650 figures, key notes boxes, references for further study, and coverage of clinical trials Review questions at the end of each chapter help clarify topics and can be used for Board preparation - over 375 questions in all!
In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Kilmer S. McCully explains what is really behind the epidemic of heart disease. For many years, clogged arteries have been inaccurately viewed as the cause, rather than a symptom, of heart disease. Now, McCully shows you how to cut your risk of heart disease by controlling the real culprit, homocysteine. Considered one of the most significant medical breakthroughs in recent years, McCully's findings have been validated by numerous large-scale studies. The Heart Revolution:
Challenges the long-held assumption that lowering cholesterol is the key to preventing heart disease
Explains how eating vitamin B-rich food can control homocysteine levels
Lays out a plan with menus for putting more B vitamins in our diet
Discusses how food processing and additives compromise our health
Explains how costly cholesterol-lowering medicines can actually harm our health
Eat Your Way to a Healthy Heart
Pork Chops with Potatoes and Onions, Veal with Wine and Mushrooms, Guacamole, Omelettes. This is not your typical diet program. Dr. McCully offers real food choices with fresh ingredients available just about everywhere. The focus is on delicious foods that will leave you satisfied. The purpose is to make sure you're getting enough of the vitamins needed to prevent heart disease—B6, B12, and folic acid, as well as essential, phytochemicals, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential oils. It's easy to follow this plan as it relies on foods you want to eat with little preparation time and tons of variety.
Provides new ASE recommendations for chamber quantitation, including updated tables of normal measurements.
Matches full-color anatomic drawings of heart structures with the 2D and 3D echocardiographic views.
Nuclear Cardiology: A Concise Textbook and Board Review, Third Edition provides concise, expert guidance on indications for nuclear cardiology procedures, specification of tests, and interpretation of results. Completely updated with the latest techniques and procedures, this well-illustrated guide is essential to clinicians who require a practical understanding of this specialty as well as trainees, including cardiology fellows and radiology residents. Readers will learn when to refer, which test to prescribe, and how to interpret the results. Nuclear Cardiology is a must-have review for anyone seeking certification or recertification in nuclear cardiology.
• NEW SECTION of case-based scenarios with multiple-choice questions
• NEW online video component
• Full-color insert of radiographic images
• Cutting-edge coverage of new and emerging techniques in nuclear medicine
• Emphasis on indications for tests helps readers decide which nuclear test is the best choice for a particular problem
• Review questions at the end of each chapter assure understanding of the material and prepare readers for certification testing
This book takes a practical, thought provoking approach. It is a valuable resource for doctors, nurses, technicians and students wishing to extend or reinforce their knowledge of ECG interpretation, and in preparation for examinations.
Access the fully searchable contents onlineat www.expertconsult.com, in addition to downloadable images and dynamic video clips.
Fully understand the rationale for treatment of specific arrhythmiaswith practical techniques that are grounded in the most recent basic science. Stay up to date with new chapters on molecular mechanisms of cardiac electrical activity, cardiac ion channels, ventricular tachycardia in nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, epicardial ventricular tachycardia, ventricular arrhythmias in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, ventricular arrhythmias in inherited channelopathies, ventricular arrhythmias in congenital heart disease, atrial arrhythmias in congenital heart disease, and complications of catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias.
View videos of 27 key techniques online, including optical mapping of reentrant ventricular arrhythmias, 3-dimensional mapping of arrhythmias using different mapping and navigation modalities, and fluoroscopy images illustrating techniques for electrophysiologic catheter positioning, atrial septal puncture, and pericardial access.
Gain a new understanding of hot topicssuch as mechanisms of arrhythmias, electrophysiologic testing, mapping and navigation modalities, ablation energy sources, sinus node dysfunction, conduction disturbances, atrial tachyarrhythmias, preexcitation syndromes and all types of ventricular and supraventricular tachycardias.
"...a well conceived practical guide to the interpretation and treatment of the main cardiac rhythm disturbances."
"This book presents a concise and simplified approach to the diagnosis and management of abnormalities in cardiac rhythm.... One of the book's strengths is the number and quality of electrocardiographic tracings"
—New England Journal of Medicine
"...this book provides an excellent foundation for all those involved in the care of arrhythmia patients"
—British Journal of Hospital Medicine
"…would recommend it unreservedly to anaesthetists who wish to improve their knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias"
—British Journal of Anaesthesia
"This book about cardiac arrhythmias is of much educational value"
—European Heart Journal
A trusted source for junior doctors, students, nurses and cardiac technicians for over 30 years, the new edition of this classic reference continues the winning formula of previous editions while at the same time incorporating essential new content on today's most important clinical topics, including:Atrial fibrillation: ablation, drugs, rate control versus rhythm control, risk of systemic embolism, prognosis Indications for and management of implantable defibrillators including complications such as arrhythmia storms Indications for pacemaker implantation Anticoagulant therapy (for atrial fibrillation) Long QT syndromes and other channelopathies Recently-approved anti-arrhythmia drugs
The 8th edition also features the latest guidelines on ECG screening of athletes and clear guidance for anaesthetists and surgeons dealing with patients with arrhythmias an/or implantable devices. Rich with example ECGs and designed for ease of access to information, Bennett's Cardiac Arrhythmias is the reference you can trust to help you master arrhythmia diagnosis and provide optimal treatment of any patient under your care.
Coverage of both basic and advanced concepts incorporates the latest research developments and provides material that is pertinent to both beginning and experienced prehospital care providers.
- Chapters 1-15 cover ECG basics, 3-lead interpretation and treatment of dysrhythmias, pacemaker rhythms and more.
- Chapters 16-19 cover acute coronary syndromes, thrombus formation, and advanced treatment options.
Companion CD offers even more practice with 200 practice rhythm self-assessment exercises and answers in PowerPoint format.
Drug Caution boxes provide valuable tips and reminders on drug use and administration.
Patient care algorithms show you step-by-step management and treatment.
Chapter summaries reinforce major concepts and tie information together.
Chapter review questions test your understanding of key topics.
Heart rate calculator ruler is included free in every text.
Advanced level treatment material, such as complete thrombus formation, treatment and management offers critical information for both the hospital setting and the EMS setting.
Self-assessment answer keys allow you to check your own work for self-evaluation.
Chapter outline offers a quick overview of each chapter’s content.
Learning Objective boxes allow you to check off mastered information.
Key terms help you learn essential vocabulary and reinforce basic concepts.
Illustrations aid comprehension of difficult concepts.
Notes sections provide a place to write down your lecture notes and keep information in one place for review.
Transradial Access: Techniques for Diagnostic Angiography and Percutaneous Intervention offers
a single source for both novice and experienced interventional
cardiologists for safely and effectively performing transradial
catheterization procedures. First described in 1989, the transradial
approach for coronary angiography and percutaneous interventions has
seen a constant and progressive increase around the world as a result of
significantly reduced procedural complications, shorter hospital stays,
increased patient satisfaction, and lower associated costs compared
with the transfemoral approach.
Yet despite its apparent benefits,
adoption of this technique in the United States has been slow, largely
due to the increased technical aspects of entering a smaller artery,
accessing the central circulation and engaging the coronary arteries
from this approach. In addition, until recently the technique was not
routinely taught in the majority of training programs. This book
flattens that learning curve by highlighting the technical aspects of
transradial diagnostic and interventional procedures, and includes
detailed discussion of:
are demonstrated in detail using both still images and video. Whether
you are an experienced transfemoral operator who wants to refine and
expand your technique or a new transradial operator looking to master
the technique, this comprehensive text holds the key to mastering this
This new edition has been extensively revised and includes new international guidelines, grading criteria and normal data. The book presents an up-to-date discussion of echocardiography use in both acute and critical care settings and provides increased guidance for clinical interpretation, including how echocardiography can help inform surgical decisions. In addition, the content has been extended, particularly in the consideration of valve disease and cardiomyopathies.
Providing a pragmatic approach to clinical echocardiography, the book also covers examples of conditions requiring urgent clinical advice. It contains a summary of formulae as well as supporting online images and videos.
Key features:More than 400 illustrations, including sharp, clear echocardiograms, corresponding full-color schematic diagrams, and 3-D images. For this new edition, all images showing cardiac disease have been post-processed to make them clearer and in more accurate relation to the explanatory drawingsDetailed descriptions of all the acoustic windows and imaging planes for every echocardiogramA practical overview of the typical patient examination, including imaging and patient positioningAll cardiac diseases are shown: valvular heart disease, coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathies, prosthetic valves, carditis, septal defects, hypertensive heart diseases, intracardiac masses; depicted in B-mode, M-mode, Doppler and color DopplerNew to the second edition: nearly 80 videos are now accessible on the Thieme MediaCenter showing normal views and many pathologies in video mode
• 37 chapters cover the major disease entities and therapeutic challenges in cardiology today
• Chapters on major management issues such as pregnancy and heart disease, the use of anticoagulants in heart disease, and the perioperative evaluation of heart disease patients
• Each chapter written by experts in that area, without losing the readability or coherence found in single-author texts
• Logically organized into six sections: Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Arrhythmias, Valvular Disease, Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure, and Systemic Disease and the Heart
• NEW MATERIAL on the latest hypertension guidelines, new therapies for dyslipidemia management, new oral anticoagulants, and new antiplatelet and antithrombotic drugs
• Organized for speed, ease of use, and clinical functionality
• An essential quick reference for experienced physicians in the clinic or on the ward, cardiology fellows, students and residents, nurses, technicians, and other health care staff who provide care for the cardiology patient
• More than 200 illustrations, including ECGs, imaging studies, drawings, graphs and charts
• Emphasis on must know information makes it perfect for board review
For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on.
Then, in the late nineteenth century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. The following decades saw the mysteries of the heart exposed, thanks to pioneering surgeons, brave patients and even sacrificial dogs.
In eleven landmark operations, Thomas Morris tells us stories of triumph, reckless bravery, swaggering arrogance, jealousy and rivalry, and incredible ingenuity: the trail-blazing ‘blue baby’ procedure that transformed wheezing infants into pink, healthy children; the first human heart transplant, which made headline news around the globe. And yet the heart still feels sacred: just before the operation to fit one of the first artificial hearts, the patient’s wife asked the surgeon if he would still be able to love her.
The Matter of the Heart gives us a view over the surgeon’s shoulder, showing us the heart’s inner workings and failings. It describes both a human story and a history of risk-taking that has ultimately saved millions of lives.