Cardiovascular disease is one of the most common causes of premature death throughout the developed world and it is also rapidly increasing in the developing world. The condition significantly impacts on every aspect of the patient's life. Additionally many patients who have concurrent health problems may require cardiac management whilst undergoing other specialist treatments. Patients with cardiac disease are managed across a variety of settings, from acute tertiary specialist centres, to general medical wards and in primary care. The Oxford Handbook of Cardiac Nursing provides a systematic account of the main areas of cardiac nursing including assessment, investigation, treatment, rehabilitation, and pharmacological interventions. Although a large part of the handbook focuses on caring for patients with coronary heart disease, many other cardiovascular problems such as valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, and cardiomyopathies are covered. The book is clearly laid out with one topic per page, and written in an easily readable note-based style. Blank pages for writing notes, observations and local protocols allow the handbook to be customised to meet local needs.All this is available in a handy, pocket-sized book with hard-wearing plastic covers. Written by practising nurses and subject experts, the Oxford Handbook of Cardiac Nursing is a unique and invaluable companion for novice and experienced practitioners, and for all health care professionals who are involved in the care of cardiac patients in all settings.
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