Cardiology An Illustrated Textbook PDF
Cardiology—An Illustrated Textbook is a revived but really a new textbook in cardiology. “Cardiology” was initially published as a loose-leaf referenced textbook. In 1993, it was published as a hard copy illustrated and referenced textbook. Since its publication, almost two decades ago, there have been enormous advances in every aspect of cardiology. Substantial progress has occurred in the understanding of coronary circulation, the molecular mechanisms of myocyte function and in the assessment of regional and global ventricular functions in physiologic and pathologic conditions. In this textbook, these advances have been emphasized. The advances in cardiovascular pharmacology have also been considerable. The advantages and disadvantages of diuretic therapy, vasodilators, neurohormone modulators, positive inotropic agents, antilipid, antithrombotic and antiplatelet agents have been discussed. The clinical pharmacology of these agents in the management of various cardiovascular disorders has been emphasized.
In the textbook, these advances are the subject of entirely new chapters. We have witnessed the development of newer diagnostic techniques and the refinement of older diagnostic methods for detection of cardiovascular pathology. Molecular imaging and three-dimensional echocardiography and intravascular ultrasound imaging have been introduced. Advances have occurred in nuclear, cardiovascular computerized tomographic and magnetic resonance imaging. In the textbook, the advances in these diagnostic techniques and their clinical applications in the practice of cardiology have been extensively discussed. The role of rest and stress and electrocardiography and echocardiography has been emphasized. During last two decades, we have witnessed enormous advances in the understanding of the genesis of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, in the techniques of electrophysiologic and the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment of arrhythmias. The function and dysfunction of ion channels and the diagnosis and management of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias have been presented in details.