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Cardiac Rehabilitation Manual
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Main description:

Cardiac rehabilitation is of key importance to ameliorate long-term morbidity and mortality resulting from cardiac intervention. However, much of the current literature is dense, unwelcoming and academic in style and format. For those physicians understanding the scope of cardiac rehabilitation there is a need to distill the guidelines and various management options available to them into a concise practical manual. Up until now, all references have looked at the general options, but there is definite need to investigate the practicalities of individual patient groups.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to assist in the quick recovery of cardiac patients while improving their overall physical, mental and social functioning. The goal is to stabilize, slow or even reverse progression of cardiovascular disease, reducing the future risk of heart disease, another cardiac event or death. Cardiac rehabilitation programs include:
• Counseling: so the patient can understand and manage their own disease process including nutritional changes
• Beginning an exercise program, while supplying information on the physical limits
• Helping the patient modify secondary risk factors such as managing hypertension, smoking cessation, reducing blood cholesterol levels, reducing physical inactivity, obesity and managing diabetes. 
• Lending emotional support and counseling on appropriate use of prescribed medications

There is a need for practical guidance among all professionals involved in the management of these patients, from residents and fellows of cardiology and internal medicine, surgical teams, physiotherapy professionals, critical care physicians and family medicine practitioners


Illustrated throughout with practical algorithms and photographic figures

Includes practical chapters designed to imprint the information memorably

Designed from the guidelines to expand knowledge to the more detailed practicalities of managing individual patients

Chapters formatted for swift access to information

Uniquely based around picking strategies for patients with specific cardiovascular issues

Back cover:

Cardiac diseases are still the leading causes of death in industrialized countries. They induce considerable harm to survivors and often lead to severe and irreversible physical and neurological disabilities. However, a considerable amount can be done to prevent coronary artery disease or to slow the progression of the disease. Both can be achieved by tackling the panoply of modifiable risk factors, which have been identified to be amenable to lifestyle changes.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Manual covers the general principals of exercise testing and training as well as nutritional and psychological support. After these fundamentals of cardiac rehabilitation have been laid out in appropriate depths, chapters follow on common cardiac diseases. Cases include symptomatic coronary artery disease with or without diabetes, myocardial infarction or revascularization, cases of heart failure in rather stable conditions, with or without cardiac devices. The book concludes with cardiac rehabilitation in patients with congenital cardiovascular diseases, valvular surgery, and peripheral arterial disease with claudication.

Critically, the content is not presented in text book style, but rather taught on representative clinical cases, focusing on a particular patient and discussing the most appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment options. It is thus designed to be a practical guide for doctors – many of whom have little direct experience in cardiac rehabilitation – and geared to help them guide their patients through the options available to maximize their health status.


Part I : Introduction to Cardiac Rehabilitation.- 1. General Principles of Exercise Testing in Cardiac Rehabilitation.- 2. General Principles of Nutrition Support in Cardiac Rehabilitation.- 3. Psychological Care of Cardiac Patients.- Paul Bennett.- 4. Exercise Training in Cardiac Rehabilitation.- Part II: Cardiac Rehabilitation in Specific Cases.- 5. Angina Pectoris.- 6. Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 and Cardiovascular Disease.- 7. Cardiac Rehabilitation after Acute Myocardial Infarction; The Influence of Psychosocial Disorders.- 8. Stable Coronary Artery Disease: Exercise Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Reduces the Risk of Recurrent Angina after PCI in the Case of Arterial Hypertension.- 9. Rehabilitation of Patients after CABG/Sternotomy.- Paul Dendale.- 10.  Congestive Heart Failure/Stable Chronic Heart Failure Patients.- 11. Cardiac Rehabilitation in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator.- 12. Exercise Training in Congenital Heart Diseases.-13. Pacemaker Implantation.- 14. Patient with Peripheral Artery Disease.


ISBN-13: 9781848827943
Publisher: Springer (Springer London)
Publication date: January, 2011
Pages: 285

Subcategories: Cardiothoracic, Cardiovascular Medicine, Rehabilitation