'The transition between medical student and junior doctor is both stressful and demanding. The learning curve is extremely steep, and even more so in the world of specialist medicine - Senior doctors expect a lot of their juniors and, as a result, people often feel out of their depth and may feel too embarrassed to tell their seniors when they don't understand something - ' - from the Preface Boost your confidence. This is a user-friendly manual for the junior doctor. Concise and easy to read, it is invaluable for day-to-day clinical cardiology while out on the wards. It provides a logical, stepwise guide through the more common problems encountered in cardiology and assists with clinical practice and decision making. Complications, prognoses and comprehensive explanations of investigations aid in understanding why certain tests are requested and how to interpret their results. The Junior Doctor's Guide to Cardiology helps you to make informed, confident decisions and gives you the assurance to optimise your time in cardiology. When I first entered medical school, a very wise senior tutor said to me, 'Collins, learn the basics and you won't go far wrong!' The problem is in defining the basics and how to identify them. I am sure this book will help you and hopefully entice you into the wonderful and expanding world of cardiology - good luck and don't forget 'learn the basics!' From the foreword by Peter Collins
Targeted examination. Assessing a patient. Successful ward rounds in cardiology. Safe prescribing. Introduction to specialist investigations. Primary and secondary prevention. Ischaemic heart disease. Heart failure. Atrial fibrillation and flutter. Tachyarrhythmias. Bradyarrhythmias. Valvular heart disease. Endocarditis. Hypertension. Aortic syndromes. Cardiogenic shock. Myocardial and pericardial disease.