Javed Butler, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Co-Director, Heart Institute, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Roger M. Mills, MD, FACP, FACC, Cardiologist, Dexter, MI
James B. Young, MD, Professor Medicine and Executive Dean, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University
In this new 3rd edition, the authors have made every effort to keep the text concise while updating the content with new research.
This book’s discussion of heart failure management is based on pathophysiologic principles. Whenever possible, references to review articles and sound meta-analyses are provided rather than primary data so that readers have access to the entire weight of evidence on a question.
For any given patient, prognosis may vary widely based on demographics and comorbidities. The authors emphasize the importance of careful evaluation and management by clinicians, and, if appropriate, exercising the option for consultation with an experienced heart transplant or mechanical cardiac support device center early in the heart failure management process.
The format emphasizes the graphic display of information, including Kaplan-Meir plots of mortality and re-hospitalization data, Forrest plots to show subgroup analyses, and tables to summarize lists.
This book is a useful guide to health care professionals in practice, particularly those in the early stages of their careers. The intent is for it to be handy, accessible, and easy to use. To make the content accessible for those newer to the field, technical abbreviations are listed with definitions in Chapter 12.