Heart failure is a serious public health problem that has an enormous effect on individuals and families, as well as healthcare budgets around the world. Written with the non-specialist in mind, Fast Facts: Heart Failure provides:
- a concise discussion of the pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to heart failure
- a detailed review of the causes and comorbidities of heart failure
- simple advice on diagnosis and investigation
- clear management principles, including healthy lifestyle choices for patients
- evidence-based guidance on first- and second-line drug therapies and medical management that targets the underlying cause
- a comprehensive overview of non-pharmacological treatment options, including devices and transplantation
- important information on palliative care in end-stage heart failure.
This compact handbook distills a lot of complex information into a highly digestible, practical format. Clear, informative diagrams and useful pull-out tables complement the text, and a list of key points and references for further reading are provided at the end of each chapter. It is an ideal resource for primary care providers, specialist nurses and cardiology trainees, and a good introduction to heart failure for all healthcare professionals who care for the elderly.
Definitions and epidemiology
Pathophysiology and clinical stages
General management and lifestyle considerations
Clinical trials and developments