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Fast Facts: Heart Failure

By Dariusz Korczyk,
Thomas H Marwick and
Gerry Kaye

Published 2012

140 pages, 25 illustrations

ISBN 978-1-908541-28-4

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Heart failure is a serious public health problem that has an enormous effect on individuals and families, as well as healthcare budgets around the world. Written with the non-specialist in mind, Fast Facts: Heart Failure provides:

  • a concise discussion of the pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to heart failure
  • a detailed review of the causes and comorbidities of heart failure
  • simple advice on diagnosis and investigation
  • clear management principles, including healthy lifestyle choices for patients
  • evidence-based guidance on first- and second-line drug therapies and medical management that targets the underlying cause
  • a comprehensive overview of non-pharmacological treatment options, including devices and transplantation
  • important information on palliative care in end-stage heart failure.

This compact handbook distills a lot of complex information into a highly digestible, practical format. Clear, informative diagrams and useful pull-out tables complement the text, and a list of key points and references for further reading are provided at the end of each chapter. It is an ideal resource for primary care providers, specialist nurses and cardiology trainees, and a good introduction to heart failure for all healthcare professionals who care for the elderly.

Contents

  • Definitions and epidemiology
  • Pathophysiology and clinical stages
  • Causes
  • Comorbidities
  • Diagnosis
  • General management and lifestyle considerations
  • Pharmacological treatment
  • Non-pharmacological treatment
  • Prognosis
  • Clinical trials and developments
  • Useful resources

Reviews

"... [includes] an excellent summary of clinical trials in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, while acknowledging the paucity of positive clinical trials and therefore treatment options in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Overall this book fills a gap by providing a review of current diagnosis and management of heart failure in a concise, easily readable format and therefore is likely to be of use to general practitioners, medical students and junior medical staff, along with allied health and nursing staff who participate in the care of patients
with heart failure."

Piyush M Srivastava, Cardiologist and Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne,
for Medical Journal of Australia, October 2014

 

The authors

Dariusz Korczyk

IntMedSpec(P) FRACP FCSANZ MHFA Cardiologist, Heart Failure Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.


Thomas H Marwick

MD PhD MPH FRACP FESC FRCP FACC Section Head, Cardiovascular Imaging, Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic,Professor of Medicine, Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


Gerry Kaye

MBChB MD FRCP FRACP Consultant Cardiologist and Associate Professor of Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Australia


 

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