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A guide to the management of common cardiological scenarios, this book offers the response of leading experts in each field to the more common, and often poorly dealt with problems of cardiology. It is a very useful 'how-to' guide, based on sound evidence.
1. What are the cardiovascular risks of hypertension?.
2. Is 24 hour blood pressure monitoring necessary, and what do I do with the information?.
3. Who should be screened for a cause of secondary hypertension? How do I screen?.
4. What blood pressure should I treat, and what should I aim for when treating a 45 year old, a 60 year old, a 75 year old or an 85 year old?.
5. Is one treatment for hypertension proven to be better than another in terms of survival?.
6. It was once suggested that calcium channel blockers might be dangerous for treating hypertension. Is this still true?.
7. How can I outline a management plan for the patient with essential hypertension?.
8. How do I manage the patient with malignant hypertension?.
9. Which asymptomatic hypercholeterolaemic patients benefit from lipid-lowering therapy? What cholesterol level should I aim for?.
10.Which patients with coronary disease have been proven to benefit from pharmacological intervention? What lipid levels should I aim for?.
11.What drugs should I choose to treat dyslipidaemia, and how should I monitor treatment?.
12. What are the side effects of lipid-lowering therapy, and how should they be monitored?.
13. Is there a role for prescribing antioxidant vitamins to patients with coronary artery disease? If so, who should get them, and at what dose?.
14. What is the sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value of an abnormal exercise test?.
15. What are the risks of exercise testing? What are the contraindications?.
16. What are the stratification data for risk from exercise tests in patients with angina? Which patterns of response warrant referral for angiography?.
17. Who should have a thallium scan? How does it compare with standard exercise tests in determining risk?.
18. What are hibernating and stunned myocardium? What echocardiographic techniques are useful for detecting them? How do these methods compare with others available?.
19. Which class of antianginal agent should I prescribe in stable angina? Does it matter?.
20. What is the role of troponin T in the diagnosis and risk stratification of acute coronary syndromes?.
21. What is the risks of myocardial infarction and death in someone with unstable angina during hospital admission, at six months and one year?.
22. What medical treatments of unstable angina are of proven benefit?.
23. Under what circumstances should the patient with unstable angina undergo PTCA or CABG?.
24. What new approaches are there to prevent restenosis following PTCA?.
25. Which thrombolytics are currently available for treating acute myocardial infrarction? Who should receive which one? What newer agents are there?.
26. Is angioplasty better than thrombolysis in myocardial infarction? Which patients should receive primary or "hot" angioplasty for these conditions?.
27. Whar are the contraindication to thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction? Is diabetic retinopathy a contraindication?.
28. Exercise testing after myocardial infarction: how soon, what protocol, how should results be acted upon?.
29. What are the risks of recurrent ischaemic events after myocardial infarction: prehospital, at 30 days and at 1 year?.
30. What is appropriate secondary prevention after acute myocardial infarction?.
31. What advice should I give patients about driving and flying after myocardial infarction?.
32. What is the mortality rate for cardiogenic shock complicating myocardial infarction? How should such patients be managed to improve outcome and what are the results?.
33. What is the risk of a patient dying or having a myocardial infarction around the time of surgery for coronary artery disease and for valve replacements?.
34. Which patients with post-infarct septal rupture should be treated surgically, and what are the success rates?.
35. What patterns of coronary disease are associated with improved short and long term survival after CABG compared with medical therapy?.
36. Coronary artery bypass grafting: what is the case for total arterial revascularization?.
37. How common are neuropsychological complications after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB)? How predictable are severe are they? Can they be prevented?.
38. Are there benefits to switching from sulphonylureas to insulin after coronary artery bypass grafting?.
39. How does recent myocardial infarction affect the perioperative risks of coronary artery bypass grafting?.
40. How soon before cardiac surgery should aspirin be stopped?.
41. When should we operate to relieve mitral regurgitation?.
42. When to repair the miral valve?.
43. What is the Ross procedure? When is it indicated and what are the advantages?.
44. What is the risk of stroke each year after a) tissue or b) mechanical MVR or AVR? What is the annual risk of bacterial endocarditis on these prosthetic valves?.
45. When and how should a ventricular septal defect be closed in adults?.
46. How should I treat atrial septal defects in adults?.
47. How do I follow up a patient who has had correction of aortic coarctation? What should I look for and how should they be managed?.
48. How should I investigate a patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)?.
49. What is the medical therapy for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and what surgical options are of use?.
50. What is the role of permanent pacing in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?.
51. How do I investigate protocol should a patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? How should they be followed?.
52. What investigation protocol should a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy undergo?.
53. Which patients with impaired ventricles should receive an ACE inhibitor? We are the survival advantages? Do ATI-receptor antagonist confer the small advantages?.
54. What is the role of vasodilators in the chronic heart failure? Who should receive them?.
55. Should I give digoxin to patients with heart failure if they have sinus rhythm? If so, to whom? Are there dangers to stopping it once started?.
56. Which patient with heart failure should have a beta blocker? How do I start it and how should I monitor therapy?.
57. What is mean and model life expectancy in NYHA I-IV heart failure?.
58. What are LVADs and BIVADS, who should have them?.
59. Who is eligible heart or heart-lunging transplant? How do I assess suitability for transplantation?.
60. What are the survival figures for the heart and heart-lunging transplantation?.
61. What drugs do post-transplant patients require, and what are there side effects? How should I follow up such patients?.
62. Can a cardiac transplant patient get angina? How is this investigated?.
63. What drugs should be used to maintain someone in sinus rhythm who has paroxysmal atrial fibrillation? Is there a role for digoxin?.
64. Which patients with paroxysmal or chronic atrial fibrillation should I treat with aspirin, warfarin or neither?.
65. Which patients with SVT should be referred for an intracardiac electrophysiological study (EP study)? What are the success rates and risks of radiofrequency (RF) ablation?.
66. What drugs should I use for chemically cardioverting atrial fibrillation and when is DC cardioversion preferable?.
67. How long should someone with atrial fibrillation be anticoagulated before DC cadioversion, and how long should this be continued afterwards?.
68. What factors determine the chances of successful elective cardioversion from atrial fibrillation?.
69. What are the risks of elective DC cardioversion from atrial fibrillation?.
70. Are patients with atrial flutter at risk of embolisation when cardioverted? Do they need anticoagulation to cover the procedure?.
71. How do I assess the risk of CVA or TIA in a patient with chronic atrial fibrillation?.
72. How sensitive are transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography for the detection of thrombus in the left atrium?.
73. What are the roles of transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography in patients with a TIA or stroke?.
74. Which patient with a patent foramen ovale should be referred for closure?.
75. How should I investigate the patient with collapse? Who should have a tilt test, and what do I do if it is positive?.
76. What are the chances of a 24 hour tape detecting the causes for collapse in a patient? What other alternative monitoring devices are now available?.
77. Should the patient with trifascicular disease be routinely paced? If not, why not?.
78. Who should have VVI pacemakers and who should have dual chamber pacemakers? What are the risks of pacemaker insertion?.
79. Can a patient with a pacemaker touch an electric fence? …have an MRI scan? …go through airport metal detectors? …use a mobile phone?.
80. What do I do if a patient has a pacemaker and needs cardioversion?.
81. What do I do about non-sustained ventricular tachycardia on a 24 hour tape?.
82. How do I treat torsades de pointers at a cardiac arrest?.
83. How do I assess the patient with long QT? Should I screen relatives, and how? How do I treat them?.
84. How do I investigate the relatives of a patient with sudden cardiac death?.
85. What percentage of patients will suffer the complications of amiodarone therapy, and how reversible are the eye, lung, and liver changes? How do I assess thyroid function in someone on amiodarone therapy?.
86. Who should have a VT stimulation study? What are the risks and benefits?.