SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS: Book Reviews
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology series, this is a review of hemodynamics in cardiovascular medicine.
The authors’ goal was to provide a board, clinically oriented, and easy-to-read overview of this complex topic.
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.
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.
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.
Reviewed by:Mohi Alkadri, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)