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Patient Pictures: Cardiology, 2nd edn

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Patient Pictures: Cardiology, 2nd edn

By J Colin Forfar

Published 2009

62 pages, 29 illustrations

ISBN 978-1-903734-04-9

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Numerous developments in the prevention and treatment of heart disease over the past few years have greatly improved the outlook for patients with cardiac problems. Understandably, patients may be bewildered and daunted by information on 'keyhole' techniques, sophisticated imaging procedures and the vast array of effective drug treatments now available.

This fully updated second edition of Patient Pictures: Cardiology covers all of the common heart disorders, procedures and treatments. Clear illustrations accompanied by concise text are designed to help doctors and nurses explain and simplify complex information to their patients. Improved communication between healthcare professionals and patients will help to reduce some of the confusion and anxiety that patients with heart problems often experience, and will help them to make informed decisions about their future treatment.

Contents

Author's preface
The heart and circulation
The heart as a pump
The blood supply to the heart - the coronary arteries
The heart valves
Risk factors for heart disease
Angina
Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
Treating heart attack (myocardial infarction)
Recovery from, and prevention of, a heart attack
Heart failure; Treating heart failure
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Sudden changes in heart rhythm (arrhythmias)
Bacterial endocarditis
Congenital heart disease
Blackouts; Resuscitation
Treating heart disorders with drugs
Hospital visits for heart disorders
Examining the eyes; Testing the urine
The electrocardiogram (ECG)
The chest X-ray; The exercise ECG
Visualizing the heart by ultrasound
Radionuclide scanning
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan)
Computerized tomography (CT scan)
Cardiac catheterization (angiogram)
Coronary angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery
Heart pacemakers
Specialist electrical treatment
Cardioversion 

 

The author

J Colin Forfar

MD PhD FRCPE FRCP Consultant Cardiologist/Senior Lecturer in Medicine John Radcliffe Hospital and Oxford University, Oxford, UK


 

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