Reviews the best therapies and surgical techniques available to provide quality care for the elderly cardiac patient and of those areas that require further research. The authors detail preventive therapies and the cardiovascular syndromes that disproportionately afflict the older individual, including arrhythmias (particularly atrial fibrillation), syncope, heart failure (particularly diastolic heart failure), and ischemic heart disease. They also delineate the surgical management of the heart patient with discussions of postoperative management and its complications and of specific surgical procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting, valve surgery, pacemaker and defibibrillators, and surgical management of heart failure.
"Approximately two-thirds of the book is devoted to the medical/surgical care of cardiovascular disease with discussions of arrhythmias, syncope, ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, and surgical/interventions of care. Aging of the cardiovascular system impacts the disease process. Accepted coronary risk factors are reviewed with newer ones, e.g. depression, ankle brachial index, homocysteine, and C reactive protein. Antiarrhythmic drug therapy is reviewed. Overall, the medical, cardiovascular and surgical management of ischemic heart disease, bradyarrhythmias, and congestive heart failure are well presented. This is a readable, well referenced, well organized addition to the medical literature. The book reviews treatments in these areas that are the best that we have at this time." -Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal
"This excellent book is an outstanding compendium of what is currently known about the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis and management of older patients with cardiovascular problems...this is an outstanding work that should be on the reading list of everyone who is interested in cardiac care." -Acta Cardiologica Belgica
Series: Contemporary Cardiology
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 14th November 2002
Publisher: Humana Press Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.06