Echo Made Easy

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Elsevier, 2016 - Echocardiography - 300 pages

Echocardiography (echo), the use of ultrasound to examine the heart, is a powerful and safe technique which is now widely available for cardiovascular investigation. This simple and highly praised text is a practical and clinically useful introduction to the subject. It aims to explain the echo techniques available, outlines what they are most suitable for, and most importantly puts echo into a clinical perspective. This book will be of value to all those who use or request echo, particularly doctors in training and medical students, but also physicians, surgeons, general practitioners, technicians, nurses and paramedics.

This Third Edition takes full account of recent advances in echocardiography. A new chapter on performing and reporting an echo has been added. New text has been added on the role of echo in individuals with cancer and in diseases of the aorta. There are updated and expanded sections on pregnancy, the continuity equation, diastolic function, long-axis function and 3-D echo. There are also updates and more detailed sections on the use of echo in emergency situations, in cardiomyopathies and pericardial diseases, in congenital abnormalities and in cardiac resynchronization therapy. Up-to-date published international guidelines have been referenced throughout.

New online content is available in the form of echo video images with accompanying self-assessment questions which will allow the reader to carry out self-assessment of knowledge and to see examples of the echos described in the text.

  • This highly-praised book is a simple guide to a difficult subject, written in a conversational and accessible style. It is essential reading for anyone wishing to learn about echo - doctors in training, cardiac technicians, medical students etc.
  • It provides full practical coverage of the clinical aspects of heart disease.
  • It will be of great use to those experienced in echo both as a refresher and an accessible reference source.

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About the author (2016)

Sam Kaddoura, BSc(Hons), BMBCh(Oxon), PhD, DIC, FRCP, FESC, FACC, is currently a Consultant Cardiologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital, London. He is also an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London as well as an Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College School of Medicine, London, UK. Dr Kaddoura trained at the University of Oxford, the University of London and in the USA. He has extensive clinical training in Cardiology and holds a PhD in cardiovascular research. Dr Kaddoura specializes in all aspects of general adult cardiology, but his passion lies in the field of echocardiography for which he is known internationally. He was an associate editor for the European Heart Journal, a university examiner and an educational supervisor for medical students and doctors. So he has plenty of experience with working with our primary audience. He has also published in the Lancet, Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine as well as being a part of the cardiovascular disease pathways working group at the Royal College of Physicians and on working groups for the European Society of Cardiology.

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