Nov 272016
 

Hypertension and Metabolic Cardiovascular Risk Factors (Practical Case Studies in Hypertension Management)


By (author): Arrigo F. G. Cicero

The aim of this guide is to provide clinicians with practical reference for the management of hypertensive patients with other cardiovascular risk factors, which originate from impaired metabolic functions. With the aid of carefully selected, paradigmatic case studies, the physician will find sound advice for the best approach to common but often under-recognized clinical situations, and answers to practical questions that arise when a specific condition is not directly addressed in the guidelines. Question-and-answer sections will help the reader to identify at a glance the most complex steps in the diagnostic and therapeutic process.

In a “real world” clinical setting, the hypertensive patient rarely presents with hypertension as the only cardiovascular risk factor, and is more likely to be affected by other metabolic risk factors, such as impairment of lipid metabolism, glucose homeostasis, and purine metabolism, and by overweight or obesity. These cases will serve as a basis for analyzing best practice, highlighting problems in diagnosis and treatment, and selecting the most appropriate management of patients with metabolic risk factors in everyday practice.

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Nov 272016
 

Hypertension and Comorbidities (Practical Case Studies in Hypertension Management)


By (author): Agostino Virdis

This guide is structured to assist physicians in the management of those hypertensive patients who present with specific comorbidities, such as diabetes, systolic dysfunction, obesity, renal disease, or previous cardiac events, often associated with hypertension. The clinical cases contained in this book have been selected to provide a paradigmatic set of scenarios frequently encountered in daily clinical practice, and will serve as an easy-to-access tool in applying general guidelines to individual patients, particularly in the choice of the most appropriate antihypertensive therapy. Treatment of hypertension with associated clinical conditions require specific therapies and combinations of drugs, which are necessarily different from one comorbidity to another. By discussing exemplary cases that may better represent clinical practice in a “real world” setting, and analyzing step by step the diagnostic and therapeutic process, this book will assist cardiologists and physicians in selecting the diagnostic tools and forms of treatment best suited to the individual patient and the particular cardiovascular risk profile.

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Nov 252016
 

Interventional Therapies for Secondary and Essential Hypertension (Updates in Hypertension and Cardiovascular Protection)


This book aims to describe the role of interventional therapies in various forms of secondary hypertension and to explain the ability of such approaches to address unmet needs in the setting of uncontrolled essential hypertension. The coverage encompasses interventions in the full range of relevant conditions, including the various specific pathologies responsible for secondary hypertension, such as renal artery stenosis, coarctation of the aorta, and adrenal tumors. In each case, up-to-date information is presented on indications, procedural aspects, and patient follow-up. A further focus is the most recent knowledge on the use of invasive neuromodulation, such as renal sympathetic denervation and baroreflex stimulation. The text is supplemented by helpful explanatory diagrams and treatment algorithms. A comprehensive clinical guide of this nature has to date been absent from the literature. The book will be of interest to clinicians managing hypertensive patients, researchers investigating advanced hypertension management, and students on cardiovascular courses.

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Nov 252016
 

Percutaneous Device Closure of the Atrial Septum


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The field of device closure of defects of the inter-atrial septum has expanded rapidly over the past ten years, and it is likely that there will be a further sharp increase in numbers of procedures being performed in the near future. With more and more adult patients presenting with this problem, it is imperative that interventional cardiologists know how to deal with it, and yet there is no currently available comprehensive text covering this subject.

Addressing this need, Percutaneous Device Closure of the Atrial Septum discusses all aspects of the growing field of transcatheter device closure of defects of the atrial septum.

Key areas covered include:

  • issues related to the anatomy of the atrial septum
  • imaging of atrial septal defects and patent foramen ovale
  • the different types of defect that are amenable to percutaneous device closure.

With an international team of expert contributors reviewing current imaging techniques and the common techniques used for closure, this unique work gathers together the world leaders in device closure to assess the individual products that are available. Practical, extensive, and full of invaluable insights from experienced practitioners, this text will provide the interventional cardiologist with a useful resource with which to embark upon this important technique.

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Nov 232016
 

Brugada Syndrome: Clinical Manifestations, Diagnosis and Treatment


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Nov 232016
 

A Nurse’s Guide to Caring for Cardiac Intervention Patients


By (author): Eileen O’Grady RN Dip HE BSc (Hons)

Cardiac intervention is a fast expanding field of medicine that is reducing the need for cardiac surgery. A Nurse’s Guide to Caring for Cardiac Intervention Patients will enable nurses to fully prepare their patients and families for various cardiac intervention procedures.

Coverage includes:

  • Explanations of what the heart condition is and how the procedure may relieve that condition
  • Descriptions of what the patient can expect to happen before, during and after the procedure
  • What nurses should observe for post procedure, and how to address any complications that may occur
  • Guidelines for discharge advice
  • Outlines for a pre and post care plan for each procedure – based on the latest research and experience. 

Nurses will find the book informative on common interventional procedures, but it is also designed as a tool to be dipped into when caring for patients with more unusual procedures. This practical book includes chapters on: cardiac catheterisation; percutaneous coronary intervention; percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty; removal of femoral sheaths; cardioversion; temporary and permanent pacemakers.

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Nov 182016
 

Cardiovascular Imaging


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By (author): Yi-Hwa Liu, Frans J. Th. Wackers

A host of imaging techniques are available to clinical cardiologists, including nuclear imaging, echocardiography, computerized tomography, and magnetic-resonance imaging. Chamber size, ventricular function, valvular function, coronary anatomy, and myocardial perfusion are among a wide array of cardiac characteristics that can all be assessed noninvasively.

Cardiovascular Imaging systematically reviews each of these major techniques and provides clinical data from well-designed research studies. Following a brief overview of non-invasive cardiac imaging and the stress modalities used to detect coronary disease, case-based chapters are devoted to each of the various imaging techniques. The final chapter provides a glimpse of future possibilities, particularly with respect to molecular imaging. The text is illustrated throughout with amply-sized images.

Demonstrating the values and limitations of the imaging techniques, the book enables practitioners to determine which test, in which patient population, and for which purpose would be the most appropriate to use.

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Nov 172016
 

Optical Coherence Tomography in Cardiovascular Research


Given that for centuries, the standard tool to understand diseases in tissues was the microscope and that its major limitation was that only excised tissue could be used, recent technology now permits the examination of diseased tissue in vivo. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has promising potential when applied to coronary artery disease. OCT has the capability to identify coronary plaque and to distinguish between plaques that are stable and unstable. If the plaques are stable then OCT can direct percutaneous intervention (angioplasty or stenting). Optical coherence tomography is a light-based imaging technology that allows for very high resolution imaging in biological tissues. It has been first applied in ophthalmology, where it soon became the golden standard for the assessment of (epi-) retinal processes. The unique imaging capabilities have raised the interest of researchers and clinicians in the field of cardiovascular disease, since OCT offers unique possibilities to study atherosclerosis pathophysiology in vivo. With over 1.1M Americans having a heart attack this year because of unstable plaque rupture, OCT may have an increasingly important role in the early diagnosis of coronary artery disease. This unique publication offers the reader the basic background to OCT and its role in the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease. The Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography in Cardiovascular Research introduces the cardiovascular application of this technology. Clinicians, biologists, engineers and physicist are discussing different aspects of cardiovascular OCT application in a multidisciplinary approach. The handbook offers the readership a concise overview on the current state of the art of vascular OCT imaging and sheds light on a variety of exciting new developments. The physics, technical principles of OCT and its application in a broad spectrum of cardiovascular research areas are summarized by highly recognized specialists. The potential of OCT in peripheral and coronary arteries and in developmental cardiology are described. Each research area is introduced by a clinical expert in the field followed by discussion of different aspects from an engineering, biomedical and clinical perspective. Specifically, the current capabilities for plaque characterization, detection of vulnerable plaque, guidance of interventional procedures, Doppler-assessment, and molecular contrast imaging are being described. The Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography in Cardiovascular Research targets researchers and clinicians involved in the field of atherosclerosis. The summary of basic physics, engineering solutions, pre-clinical and clinical application covers all relevant aspects and will be a valuable reference source.
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Nov 142016
 

The Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Board Review


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The Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Board Review offers thorough preparation for board certification and recertification exams in cardiology. It is written by distinguished clinicians from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and based on the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s popular annual Intensive Review of Cardiology course.

In 62 chapters, the book provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review of every area of contemporary cardiovascular medicine. Emphasis is on board relevant clinical material and accurate real-world clinical decision making. More than 400 illustrations and numerous tables facilitate quick review. Board-format questions with answers and explanations appear at the end of each section.

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Nov 132016
 

Interpreting Difficult ECGs: A Rapid Reference


By (author): Springhouse

Interpreting Difficult ECGs: A Rapid Reference provides nurses and other health care professionals with systematic methods for interpreting difficult waveforms—from arrhythmias to ECG changes in acute coronary syndromes, bundle branch block, hypertrophy, and abnormalities caused by electrolyte disturbances and drugs. Chapters cover ECG fundamentals, interpreting rhythm strips, interpreting 12-lead ECGs, and understanding the effects of drugs, pacemakers, and other treatments on ECGs.

The book contains more than 200 illustrations, including graphic waveforms, exact lead placement, and charts of key concepts such as selecting the best monitoring lead. A section of practice strips is included. Helpful quick-reference appendices cover major arrhythmias and antiarrhythmic drugs.

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