Covering the pathophysiology, imaging, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of aortic aneurysms and dissections, this source helps physicians effectively examine and evaluate affected individuals in clinical or emergency care settings. Offering a wide array of illustrations, x-rays, and operative photographs to emphasize key anatomic observations, this guide contains cutting-edge insight on the latest biologic, radiologic, clinical, and surgical developments that have taken place in the field. Presented in a reader-friendly format, this source provides end-of-chapter questions and a point-counterpoint format to analyze differing perspectives from renowned experts on these diseases. The Q & A and counterpoint involve the reader in an interactive interchange by opinion leaders.
Table of Contents
THE CLINICAL ENTITIES. Terminology and Classification. IMAGING AND DIAGNOSIS.
Symptoms and Signs of Acute Aortic Dissection: Clinical Diagnosis of "The Great Masquerader". Imaging of Aneurysms and Dissections: CXR, ECHO, CT, MRI. Putting It All Together: Symptoms, Signs, and Images. THE BIOLOGY OF ACUTE AORTIC CONDITIONS. Epidemiology: Incidence, Prevalence, Trends. Genetics of Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection. Mechanical Properties in Aortic Aneurysm. MMPs in Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection. Molecular Biology of Aortic Destruction in Aneurysm and Dissection.
Weight Lifting and Aortic Dissection. Timing of Acute Aortic Events: How Does Dissection Pick a Date, Time, and Moment to Occur? TREATMENT OF ACUTE AORTIC CONDITIONS. Natural History of Aortic Aneurysm: Predicting Rupture and Dissection. Ruptured Aneurysm: Abdominal and Thoracic. Acute Aortic Dissection: Anti-impulse Therapy. Surgical Procedures: A Primer. STENT THERAPY: "Wave of the Future" or "The Emperor's New Clothes". Long-Term Suppressive Therapy: Clinical Reality and Future Prospects. LITIGATION IN AORTIC ANEURYSM DISEASE. Legal Considerations in Acute Aortic Diseases. PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE. Future Prospects: Molecular Diagnosis, Enhanced Imaging, Molecular-Based Conventional Drugs, and Gene Therapy. SYNTHESIS. The Key Lessons of this Text, in a Nutshell
"…the present book may provide the stimulus for future breakthroughs. I congratulate Dr. John Elefteriades on producing such an excellent volume, which belongs on the shelves of all who deal with aortic diseases."
-Denton A. Cooley, President and Surgeon-in-Chief, Texas Heart Institute, and Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.