Despite great advances in prevention and in improving outcomes, heart disease remains a major source of morbidity and mortality in the Western world and, increasingly, in developing countries. The emotional impact of a diagnosis of heart disease can be significant, often increasing cardiac symptoms such as chest pain or palpitations. This addition to The Facts series stresses the importance and feasibility of primary prevention by appropriate life-style changes, whilst helping the reader to understand and cope with existing heart disease.
The book is structured to provide information on topics ranging from basic cardiovascular anatomy and physiology -- as needed to understand the various pathologies discussed -- to symptoms, clinical situations, investigations and available treatments. Beside medical information, the reader will find practical advice on how to communicate with the cardiologist, and how to prepare for certain tests. A glossary with commonly encountered medical terms is also included.
Although targeted mainly at cardiac patients with heart disease and their families, this book will also be useful for paramedics, specialist nurses, support groups, GPs and all those involved in treating heart patients in the community.
It's a brilliant little book that can be read in its entirety within 90 minutes. It's well-indexed and I think it would be easy to find one's way through if suddenly trying to get one's head round heart disease.
Overall this book provides a lot more detail than that provided by the information booklets usually supplied to patients at clinic consultation and preadmission visits. I congratulate the author for such a novel approach in information delivery and which considerably help to answer questions over investigations and treatment options offered to patients. * Cardiology News *
Section 1 - The facts about Heart Disease1: How does the Cardiovascular System work?2: What are the symptoms of Heart Disease?3: Cardiac tests4: The risk factors that can lead to Heart Disease5: Obstruction of the arteries (Atherosclerosis)Section Two - Types of Heart Disease and other problems6: Coronary Artery Disease7: Rhythm Disturbances8: Congestive Heart Failure9: Congenital Heart Disease10: Cardiomyopathies (CMP) and arrhythmogenic syndromes11: Pericarditis and Myocarditis12: Valvular Heart Disease13: Sudden cardiac deathSection 3 - Treatment14: Cardiovascular Drugs15: Pacemakers and Related DevicesAppendix 1 - When to treat hypertension and hypecholesterolaemiaAppendix 2 - Some Practical Advice for the Cardiac PatientAppendix 3 - Other sources of informationGlossary of medical terms