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Drug and Device Selection in Heart Failure
Prakash C Deedwania MD FACC FACP FASH FAHA
Paul J Mather MD FACC FACP

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Publish Year2014
Size6.25" X 9.5"
cover TypePaper Back
Quick Overview
Heart failure is a major public health problem that is growing across the world and has become a leading cause of hospitalization in the elderly with more than 1 million admissions every year in the US medicare population. Clinicians frequently encounter patients with heart failure in their everyday practice. The prognosis of heart failure, although much improved (in recent years), still remains worse than many cancers. Appropriate treatment designed to prevent and treat heart failure can significantly reduce the associated high morbidity and mortality. However, with the expanding pharmacopeia of drug therapy and the use of various devices, selection of an appropriate therapeutic strategy for a given patient has become quite challenging. This comprehensive monograph on Drug and Device Selection in Heart Failure is designed to provide a series of state-of-the-art reviews on the most important topics that will help educate and equip the clinician with the appropriate knowledge-base to select the best evidence-based therapy for patients with heart failure.
Key Features
• A comprehensive monograph targeted towards the practicing clinician caring for patients with heart failure

• Relevant scientific discussions integrated throughout with a focus on providing the latest therapeutic guidance

• Designed to provide state-of-the-art reviews on the most important topics that will help educate and equip the clinician with the appropriate knowledge-base

• A clear approach that helps select the best evidence-based therapy for patients with heart failure

• Provides an elaborate discussion of the renewed understanding of the pathophysiology of heart failure

• Describes the drug-groups and drugs useful in the management of heart failure, supported by evidence from clinical trials

• A detailed discussion of various devices and their use in the patient with heart failure makes the title comprehensive and helps the clinician in optimizing therapy and therapeutic options.
Target Audience
Practicing Clinician Caring for Patients with Heart Failure.

Joaquin Crespo, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)


This is a comprehensive review of available therapies for patients with heart failure.


According to the authors, the book is designed to provide state-of-the-art reviews on the most important topics that will help educate and equip clinicians with the appropriate knowledge to select evidence-based therapy for patients with heart failure. This worthy objective is certainly achieved by the authors.


The audience includes all practitioners in the field of cardiology. This includes residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, cardiologists, and subspecialists. It would be of use to internal medicine or primary care practitioners who manage patients with heart failure on a daily basis. Each chapter is written by experts on that topic or therapy. Both editors are cardiologists and professors of medicine at distinguished medical institutes.


A review of heart failure pathophysiology begins the book. Ensuing chapters are reviews of therapies, divided by class, and the corresponding pharmacological or physiological effect. Topics covered include standard oral therapy, implantable and percutaneous mechanical support, heart transplantation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization, and intravenous and oral inotropes, as well as drug therapies in management of arrhythmias associated with heart failure. The book details available therapies, considerations in selecting a particular one, as well as guidelines for use and supporting clinical trials. Potential complications of available therapies are also well described. This book uses multiple depictive diagrams to better describe physiological mechanisms and anatomy, tables to summarize data, ECGs, and graphs to review results of landmark trials. Of particular importance, each chapter includes references to studies of interest and previously published manuscripts that allow further exploration of a topic.


This is an important addition to the literature on heart failure management.

It is well organized and written, provides in-depth information about each therapy without being overly detailed. In addition, it contains appropriate illustrations and summaries. It serves as a very useful tool for practicing clinicians or trainees with an interest in heart failure management. While other titles discuss specific drug or device therapies in heart failure at length, this publication reviews the most important data and recommendations concerning all aspects of heart failure management.

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