Encyclopedia of Heart Diseases


  • M. Gabriel Khan, MD, FRCP(London), FRCP(C), FACP, FACC, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Cardiologist, Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Cardiologist at the Ottawa Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Canada

The Encyclopedia of Heart Diseases is an accurate and reliable source of in-depth information on the diseases that kill more than 12 million individuals worldwide each year. In fact, cardiovascular diseases are more prevalent than the combined incidence of all forms of cancer, diabetes, asthma and leukemia. In one volume, this Encylopedia thoroughly covers these ailments and also includes in-depth analysis of less common and rare heart conditions to round out the volume's scope. Researchers, clinicians, and students alike will all find this resource an invaluable tool for quick reference before approaching the primary literature.
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Cardiologists, pharmacologists, hematologists, geneticists, pathologists


Book information

  • Published: December 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-406061-6


“The book is a great resource for medical students and persons with limited or no medical background who may have research interests in specific topics and wish to learn more. The entries are written in plain language, and the author explains complicated medical terms and concepts succinctly and thoroughly. …each chapter features an excellent bibliography for those seeking more detailed information. Encyclopedia of Heart Diseases is well illustrated, with figures and tables that complement the text and clearly depict concepts that are complex for the novice. Khan’s vast experience and knowledge of the cardiovascular system are evident throughout. Overall, the book is a well-written, thoughtfully organized, comprehensive compendium that will serve readers well. Targeted towards non-medical professionals working in fields related to heart disease, it would also be useful for medical students and residents who wish to learn more about the cardiovascular system.” - Ritesh Gupta, MD, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham for JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) 2006 "...a thorough and easy-to-navigate guide to the diseases that kill more than 12 million people worldwide each year. A valuable resource for sales teams, brand teams, and researchers alike, this text includes in-depth analysis of even the least common and rare heart conditions." -PHARMAVOICE, Sept-Nov 2006

Table of Contents

PrefaceAgeing HeartAlcohol and the HeartAltitute and Pulmonary EdemaAnatomy of the Heart and CirculationAnderson Fabry DiseaseAnemiaAneurysm TreatmentAngina Causes Pain Pattern Stable and Unstable Angina Case History: Patient with Angina Weight Reduction Effects Exercise Smoking Tests Required Drug TreatmentAngiotensin-Converting Enzyme InhibitorsAngioplasty/Coronary Balloon Procedure Outcome of AngioplastyAntihistamines Histamine AntagonistsAntioxidantsAntiplatelet AgentArginineArtificial HeartApririn for Heart Disease Historical Review Recognized Indications for Aspirin and DoseAtherombosis/AtherosclerosisAthletes and Sudden Cardiac DeathAtrial FibrillationAtrial Septal DefectArterosclerosisBeriberi Heart DiseaseBlood Clots Causes Nondrug Treatment Drug Treatment/Blood ThinnersBlood PressureBrugada SyndromeB-type Natriuretic PeptideBundle Branch Block Right Bundle Branch Block (RBBB) Left Bundle Branch Block (LBBB)Caffeine and the HeartCalcium AntagonistsCarcinoid Heart DiseaseCardiogenic ShockCardiomyopathyCardiopulmonary Resucitation (CPR) How to Recognize Cardiac Arrest The A-B-C Steps of CPR The Heimlich Maneuver ConclusionChagas' DiseaseChelation and Heart DiseaseChemotherapy-Induced Heart DiseaseCholesterol Types of Cholesterol Genetic Defect and Cholesterol Blood Tests Saturated Fats Polyunsaturates and Linolenic Acid Cholesterol and Diets Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Prevention StrategyCocaine and the Heart and ArteriesCoenzyme Q10Congenital Heart Disease Congenital Cyanotic Heart Disease Fallot's Tetralogy Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Patent Ductus Arteriosus Pulmonary Valve Stenosis Coarctation of the AortaContraception and Cardiovascular DiseaseCoronary Artery Bypass SurgeryC-Reactive Protein and the HeartCytochrome P450Deep Vein ThrombosisDepression and the HeartDiabetes and Cardiovascular DiseaseDiets and Heart DiseaseDiureticsDown SyndromeDyslipidemiaEchocardiographyElectrocardiography and Heart DiseaseEmbryologyEndocrine DisordersErectile DysfunctionExercise and the Heart Benefits of Exercise Cardiovascular Conditioning-Training Effect Weight Reduction and Exercise Effects on Blood Pressure Effects on the Blood Exercise and Prevention of Heart Trouble Risks of Exercise How to Start and Exercise Program Exercise Stress Test ConclusionFish/Fish OilsHeart Attacks Causes Signs and Symptoms Mimics Ambulance Drugs to Dissolve Clots Hospitalization Heart Attack and Emotional Impact Diet After a Heart Attack Rehabilitation, Retirement and Travel Sexual Activities Beta-Blockers Case History of Heart Patient Risk Factors and Prevention Heart Attack Prevention DietHeart Failure Pathophysiology Drug Treatment Nondrug Therapy What to Expect in the Hospital and on DischargeHemochromatosisHerbal ProductsHIV and the HeartHomocysteine and Cardiovascular DiseaseHypertensionMeasurement of Blood Pressure Causes Malignant Hypertension Salt Hypothesis Other Hypothesis Effects on Arteries and Heart Symptoms Investigations Nondrug Treatment Drug TreatmentHypertrophyKawasaki DiseaseMiscellaneous DisordersMurmurs Questions Posed Answered Diagnosis of Heart Murmur and Tests RequiredNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory DrugsPacemakers Permanent Pacemaker What a Pacemaker Will Not Do Types of Pacemakers ActivitiesArrhythmias/Palpitations Palpitations, Premature Beats, Irregular Beats Tachycardia Drug TreatmentPatent Foramen OvalePericarditis and MyocraditisPulmonary Arterial HypertensionRace and Cardiovascular DiseaseSleep and the HeartStents for Coronary Artery DiseaseStress and Heart Disease Stress and Sports The Symptoms and Signs of Stress How to Handle StressConclusionStroke/Cerebrovascular AccidentSyncopeTakayasu AteritisTests for Heart Disease The Electrocardiogram (ECG) Stress Test Chest X-Ray Nuclear Scans Echocardiogram Holter Monitor Technique for Cardiac Catheterization Coronary ArteriographyThyroid Heart Disease High Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism) Low Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)Type A BehaviorValve Diseases Murmurs Causes of Valve Disease Consequences of Valve Disease Rheumatic Fever Mitral Stenosis Mitral Regurgitation Aortic Stenosis Aortic Regurgitation Case History Calcific Aortic Sclerosis Mitral Valve Prolapse Bacterial Endrocarditis Case History I Case History IIVentricular FibrillationWomen and Heart Disease and Stroke Strategies for PreventionBibliographyGlossary