This handbook - which has been formally adopted by the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust - is a homunculus of cardiology knowledge, based on the experience of the authors with the sole aim of helping the reader make a decision when faced with the daily challenges of cardiology. Living in an age where access to the latest trial data is immediate, for many people lack of knowledge is not the problem, instead it is inadequate experience that holds them back from making a decision based on that knowledge. The Editor calls this ‘evidence based paralysis’- sometimes you don’t want to know what a group of experts decided in the latest trial but simply want to know what to do next. Obviously there is no substitute for experience but to help you along the way this book will help you ‘get off the fence’ and indicate what the authors have done in similar situations.
Written by a doctor involved in every day real life cardiology, designed for all junior doctors, primary care physicians and nursing staff involved with cardiological problems
Sorts the ‘wheat from the chaff' and says it how it really is
Designed to cure people who suffer from ‘evidence based paralysis'!
Content approved and adopted by two NHS Trusts
Material based on national and international guidelines
Deals not only with the prevailing evidence regarding ‘best practice', but highlights common misconceptions and well known ‘short-cuts' to try to resist!
Covers ACS and first line treatment for MI in the emergency room
Includes diagnostic angiography and angioplasty
Addresses the primary and secondary management of MI
Includes practical discussion of lipid disorders, hypertension and risk stratification
Addresses heart failure, chronic valve disease and cardiomyopathies
Discusses the use of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, heart transplant and VAD
Includes common drug interactions
Addresses the management of adults with congenital heart disease
By Nicholas Fisher, MBBS, MRCP, MD, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK Surgeon Commander, Royal Navy, UK
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