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Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterisation

Cardiology is becoming an increasingly complex field understood by only a select group of medical specialists. This publication demystifies many difficult topics in cardiology and cardiac catheterization, commencing with the basics of laboratory instrumentation and technology and progressing to a comprehensive review of new and established interventions. Unlike other publications that are directed mainly towards clinicians, this text is specifically written to assist other medical professionals, such as nurses, technicians and scientific staff. Medical staff will find this a valuable introduction to an area that can be intimidating for a novice. Containing vital information not readily available in standard medical literature, it is an indispensable reference text throughout the hands-on instruction period. Technicians will benefit from detailed explanations of cardiac physiology and waveform analysis, with particular emphasis on ischemia, thrombosis and infarction. Nursing professionals are given specific information on patient management and post-procedural care with valuable information on infection control procedures and the pharmacology of cardiac drugs.
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Radiation Safety in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The Cardiac Imaging System. The Physiological Monitoring System. Laboratory Coagulation and Antiplatelet Assays. Non-invasive Physiological Monitoring. Determination of Oxygen Status in Human Blood. Infection Control Procedures. Pressure Waveforms in the Cardiac Cycle. Physiological Interpretation of Pressure Waveforms. Coagulation and the Coagulation Cascade. Formation and Progression of Atherosclerosis. Thrombosis, Heparin, and Laboratory Monitoring of Heparin Therapy. Basic Pharmacology of Cardiac Drugs. Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Therapy in Interventional Cardiology. The Electrocardiogram in Ischemic Heart Disease. Coronary Angiography. Measurement of Cardiac Output and Shunts. Measurement of Left Ventricular Function Using Pressure-Volume Loops. Non-invasive Assessment of Ischemic Heart Disease. Catheter-based Reperfusion in Acute Myocardial Infarction. Coronary Stenting. Interventional Coronary Procedures. Non-coronary Interventions. Mitral Valvuloplasty. The Electrophysiology Laboratory. Right Heart Catheterization and Hemodynamic Assessment of the Heart Transplant Patient. Cardiac Surgery. Antiogenesis and Gene Therapy. Nursing Care of the Cardiac Catheterization Patient. Vascular Access Site Management and Arterial Closure. Medical Management of the Cardiac Patient Undergoing Coronary Angiography. The Intra Aortic Balloon Pump. An Evidence-based Guide to Cardiac Catheterization.

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