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Cardiovascular Hemodynamics: An Introductory Guide

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: August 2014 - Volume 46 - Issue 8 - p 1676
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000382
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DESCRIPTION

Part of the Contemporary Cardiology series, this is a review of hemodynamics in cardiovascular medicine.

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PURPOSE

The authors’ goal was to provide a board, clinically oriented, and easy-to-read overview of this complex topic.

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AUDIENCE

It is intended mainly for frontline cardiologists and critical care providers, including general cardiology fellows, interventional cardiology fellows, critical care fellows, general cardiologists, and critical care intensivists. The board-style questions and clinical vignettes make the book useful as a supplemental source for board examination preparation.

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FEATURES

The book’s three sections discuss the various components of myocardial hemodynamics (preload, afterload, contractility, and cardiac output), invasive and noninvasive diagnostic techniques (including a chapter on computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance assessment of hemodynamics), and various disease-specific hemodynamics. The book is supplemented with clear hemodynamic tracings, colorful illustrations and diagrams, and supportive echo and other imaging pictures. It is rich in clinical vignettes and board-style questions and answers.

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ASSESSMENT

This is a well-written, clinically oriented book on a complex topic in cardiovascular medicine. The authors use a simple and organized approach to deliver the information and provide both the basic key principles and an in-depth review. It is an excellent book that I highly recommend for anyone interested in learning more about hemodynamics.

RATING: ★★★★★

Reviewed by:Mohi Alkadri, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)

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