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Auscultation is the most celebrated portion of the cardiovascular exam and although it is rarely solely relied upon for...

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Details of Cardiology Board Review Notes and Cases

Exact title of the book
Cardiology Board Review Notes and Cases
Book author
Roman T. Pachulski
Book edition
Number of pages
238 pages
September 6th 2018 by Hospital Press
File size (in PDF)
952 kB
Cardiology Board Review Notes and Cases

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Auscultation is the most celebrated portion of the cardiovascular exam and although it is rarely solely relied upon for diagnosis, it can be acutely informative. The Wigger diagram correlates electrical, auscultatory and hemodynamic occurrences to provide a Rosetta stone of expected findings and their relative timing. Diagnostic modalities, chest radiography, electrocardiography, echocardiography and bedside hemodynamic cardiac catheterization are essential to practice, (and board exams) but are often consigned to separate tomes.

They are included here. Physiologic considerations including pressure volume loops, characteristic endocavitary pressure contours and calculations for cardiac output, vascular resistance and pulmonary to systemic shunting are provided. The visceral motor (autonomic) nervous system is described with regard to pharmacotherapy for BP support or reduction.

Pertinent updates of acute cardiovascular resuscitation protocols are summarized. Cardiovascular risk factors and their mitigation strategies are provided including diet, exercise and pharmaceuticals. Specific attention is paid to cardiovascular risk profiles in athletics, women and the pre-operative patient.

Within this section lie the discussion of chest pain, troponinemia and acute coronary insufficiency syndromes. Management principles including therapeutic alternatives and potential complications are discussed. Arrhythmogenesis and pharmacotherapy are reviewed together with passive and provocative diagnostic testing.

Syncope, bradycardia, atrial fibrillation, supraventricular and ventricular tachycardia are each discussed. Heart failure both reduced and preserved EF varieties are reviewed with pharmacotherapies. Device and transplant indications as well as immunosuppressive agents are summarized.

Pericardial disease is included in this section as well. Myocardial disorders include dilated, restrictive, hypertrophic diseases that impair pump function in the absence of abnormal loading conditions. Valvular pathologies including native, prosthetic and infectious processes are covered.

Cardiovascular embryology is discussed in proximity to congenital lesions encountered in adulthood. Vascular conditions are described anatomically originating at the heart to include, pulmonary, aorta, cerebral, mesenteric, renal and peripheral arterial and venous disorders. The remaining sections include cardiac tumors, trauma and statistics followed by case descriptions and a series of appendices with useful pre-examination “board-fodder”.

The book is set out in progressive sections useful to students, residents and the senior fellow in cardiovascular medicine, or anyone reviewing for the board examination. Data is concisely curated to facilitate ready recall.