Hurst's the Heart, 12th Edition

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An all-inclusive overview of cardiology in a trusted landmark reference


"This well-organized textbook begins with a thoughtful discussion of cardiology's past and future. It presents readers with the foundations of cardiovascular medicine and the basics of cardiovascular evaluation. These initial chapters provide an excellent overview of topics in general cardiology from guidelines to newer diagnostic modalities such as MRI, CT, and PET. Subsequently, the book is organized to provide readers with a focused approach to other areas of cardiology from heart failure to electrophysiology and interventional cardiology."
This is a very useful reference that compiles a vast amount of information on the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases in one book. It continues to be one of best overall references in this field. -- Doody's Review Service

Developed by a team of internationally renowned editors and authors, Hurst's The Heart is synonymous with the most comprehensive and current perspectives on treating the full range of heart problems.

Inside, you'll get an incisive look at all the global advances in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease, including the translation of basic science research into clinical applications. And integrated throughout are the latest treatment protocols, ACC/AHA and ESC treatment guidelines, as well as quick-reference tables and algorithms.

NEW to this Edition:

  • Stunning full-color illustrations
  • Information from the COURAGE trial, covering the use and misuse of drug eluting stents
  • Vital coverage of advances in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension and new information on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Expert-authored chapters on coronary blood flow, stunning, and hibernation; race and ethnicity in cardiovascular disease; and cardiovascular physiology
  • Up-to-date information on the diagnosis and management of heart failure
  • Latest guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation
  • New advances in curative catheter ablation of arrhythmias
  • Increased number of international contributors
  • Expanded chapters on epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertension

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    About the author (2007)


    Valentin Fuster MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA
    Robert Gorlin, MD / Heart Research Foundation
    Director, Mount Sinai Heart
    Director, The Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute
    and Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health
    The Mount Sinai Medical Center
    New York, NY

    Robert A. O'Rourke, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA,
    Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX

    Richard A. Walsh, MD, FACC, FAHA,
    John H. Hord Professor
    Chair, Department of Medicine
    Case Western Reserve University
    University Hospitals of Cleveland
    Cleveland, OH

    Philip Poole-Wilson, MD, FRCP. FESC. FAAC. FMedSci,
    Professor of Cardiology
    British Heart Foundation
    Simon Marks Chair of Cardiology
    Head of Cardiac Medicine
    National Heart and Lung Institute
    Faculty of Medicine
    Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
    Honorary Consultant, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust
    London, UK


    Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC, FAHA,
    Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
    Emory University School of Medicine
    Director of Interventional Cardiology
    Fuqua Chair of Interventional Cardiology
    Fuqua Heart Center
    Piedmont Hospital
    Atlanta, GA

    Robert Roberts, MD, FRCP(C), FACC, FAHA
    President and CEO
    University of Ottawa Heart Institute
    Director, The Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Ira S. Nash, MD, FACC, FAHA,
    Vice Chairman for Veterans Affairs
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Chief of Internal Medicine
    James J. Peters VA Medical Center
    New York, NY

    Eric N. Prystowsky, MD, FACC, FAHA,
    Consulting Professor of Medicine
    Duke University Medical Center
    Director, Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory
    St. Vincent Hospital
    Indianapolis, IN

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