Manual of 3D Echocardiography 1st ed. 2017 Edition

Manual of 3D Echocardiography

This book is a practical guiding manual to explain critical clinical practice in three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography. The use of this technology has been limited to certain pioneer imaging units, but with the advent of lower cost hardware it is spreading and reaching more users that will start to use it often without previous experience or formal academic training. This title provides these readers with a full review of the features, clinical indications and methodological aspects of 3D echo in a practical, “how-to-do-it” way. 3D-echocardiography techniques are becoming more diverse, as they are applied to transthoracic and transesophageal studies, 3D-wall motion tracking, fusion of echocardiographic and fluoroscopy navigation, fusion of wall motion tracking and coronary tomography. All these aspects are described and explained deeply in this book.

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Heart Failure (Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology) 1st ed

Heart Failure (Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology)

This special issue of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology on Heart Failure covers the entire spectrum of the field, from the current understanding and definitions of heart failure, to epidemiology and the importance of co-morbidities, clinical trial design and biomarkers, as well as imaging technologies. The main focus of this book is to review current and emerging heart failure therapies and potential targets for treatment.

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Manual of Gynecardiology: Female-Specific Cardiology 1st ed

Manual of Gynecardiology: Female-Specific Cardiology

Angela Maas, MD PhD, has been a clinical cardiologist since 1988 and has developed an interest in heart disease in women. She has participated in several international training programs and established the first outpatient clinic for women in the Netherlands in 2003. She focuses on the early identification of women at increased CV risk and symptom evaluation in middle-aged women. She has initiated several national and international multidisciplinary collaborative projects to promote healthy ageing in women. She holds the first chair for women’s cardiac health at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. She has received several awards for her pioneering work, such as from the Dutch Society of Female Physicians (2010) and the Radboud University (2014). She is currently one of the most influential female doctors in Dutch healthcare.

Noel Bairey Merz, MD, received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, after which she was chief medical resident at the University of California, San Francisco. Bairey Merz also completed residencies in both clinical and nuclear cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she is currently the director of the Women’s Heart Center and also of the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center. Her research interests include women and heart disease, mental stress and heart disease, the role of exercise and stress management in reversing disease, and the role of nutrition in heart disease. She has been at the forefront of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored WISE (Women’s Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation) initiative and currently leads many other health and research initiatives. She is globally recognized as one of the field’s leading experts on women’s heart disease.

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Principles and Practice of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance in Congenital Heart Disease: Form, Function and Flow 1st Edition

Principles and Practice of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance in Congenital Heart Disease: Form, Function and Flow

CMR is a powerful tool in the armamentarium of pediatric cardiology and health care workers caring for patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), but a successful study still presents major technical and clinical challenges. This text was created to give trainees, practitioners, allied professionals, and researchers a repository of dependable information and images to base their use of CMR on.

Because CHD presents an intricate web of connections and associations that need to be deciphered, the imager performing CMR needs to understand not only anatomy, physiology, function, and surgery for CHD, but also the technical aspects of imaging. Written by experts from the world’s leading institutions, many of whom pioneered the techniques and strategies described, the text is organized in a logical way to provide a complete understanding of the issues involved. It is divided into three main parts:

  • The Basics of CMR – familiarizes the reader with the minimum tools needed to understand the basics, such as evaluating morphology, ventricular function, and utilizing contrast agents
  • CMR of Congenital and Acquired Pediatric Heart Disease – discusses broad categories of CHD and the use of CMR in specific disease states
  • Special Topics in Pediatric Cardiac MR – covers other important areas such as the complementary role of CT scanning, interventional CMR, the role of the technologist in performing a CMR exam, and more

With the ever increasing sophistication of technology, more can be done with CMR in a high quality manner in a shorter period of time than had been imagined as recently as just a few years ago. Principles and Practice of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance in Congenital Heart Disease: Form, Function, and Flow makes a major contribution to applying these techniques to improved patient care. An ideal introduction for the novice or just the curious, this reference will be equally useful to the seasoned practitioner who wants to keep pace with developments in the field and would like a repository of information and images readily availalble.

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Stem Cells and Cardiac Regeneration (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine) 1st ed

Stem Cells and Cardiac Regeneration (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine)

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Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation: Clinical, Pathology, Imaging and Molecular Profiles 1st ed. 2017 Edition

Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation: Clinical, Pathology, Imaging and Molecular Profiles

This book is a comprehensive overview of heart failure and cardiac transplantation and integrates scientific and clinical information about the physiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of this disorder. Organized into five parts, it reviews the history and basic mechanisms of heart failure; etiology of heart failure; heart failure disease progression; advanced therapies for heart failure; and cardiac transplantation. The book presents basic concepts in the physiology, molecular biology, pathology, and epidemiology of the normal and failing heart; known causes of heart failure, such as right heart failure, valvular cardiomyopathy, molecular mechanisms of sarcomeric cardiomyopathies, and neuromuscular cardiomyopathy; cardiorenal syndrome; neurohormonal activation; cardiac resynchronization, ventricular assist devices; regenerative mechanisms; orthotopic heart transplantation; early and late management of the post-transplant patient; heart transplantation and antibody-mediated rejections; heart-lung transplantation; and cardiac xenotransplantation.

Featuring contributions from leaders in the fields of heart failure, cardiac transplantation, cardiac pathology, and cardiovascular molecular research, Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation is a valuable compendium for cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, trainees, and students.     

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Phospholipases in Health and Disease (Advances in Biochemistry in Health and Disease)

Phospholipases in Health and Disease (Advances in Biochemistry in Health and Disease)

Phospholipases generate lipid signaling molecules through their hydrolytic action on phospholipids and are known to regulate function of a variety of cells under normal and diseased conditions. While several physiological, biochemical and molecular techniques have identified key players involved in different disease processes, phospholipases have also emerged as critical players in the pathogenesis of a number of different diseases including cancer and heart disease. In addition, phospholipases are also implicated in such conditions as brain disorder/injury, kidney and immune cell dysfunction.

Phospholipases in Health and Disease is a compilation of review articles dedicated to the study of the field with respect to biochemical and molecular mechanisms of normal and abnormal cell function. The wide range of area covered here is of interest to basic research scientists, clinicians and graduate students, who are engaged in studying pathophysiological basis of a variety of diseases. Furthermore, this book highlights the potential of the different phospholipases as therapeutic targets as well as part of prevention strategies. Twenty three articles in this book are organized in four sections that are designed to emphasize the most characterized forms of the phospholipases in mammalian cells. The first section discusses general aspect of phospholipases. Section two covers the role and function of phospholipase A in different pathophysiological conditions. The third section is focussed on phospholipase C which is believed to play a central role in transmembrane signaling. The final section covers phospholipase D which is present in a variety of different cells. The book illustrates that the activation of phospholipases is of fundamental importance in signal transduction affecting cell function. Overall, this book discusses the diverse mechanisms of phospholipase mediated signal transduction in different pathophysiological conditions and raises the possibility of specific forms of phospholipases serving as novel targets for drug development.

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Heart Valves: From Design to Clinical Implantation

Heart Valves: From Design to Clinical Implantation

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Coronary Magnetic Resonance Angiography

Coronary Magnetic Resonance Angiography

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the clinical applications of coronary angiography techniques. Coronary MRA can be instrumental in the evaluation of congenital coronary artery anomalies, however, the complexity of advanced MR pulse sequences and strategies may be overwhelming to many. Coronary MR Angiography demystifies the art of coronary MRA by providing a text in plain language with clearly illustrated imaging steps and protocols. Designed to bridge the gap between radiology and cardiology, it is written for physicians and scientists planning to incorporate this technique into their research or practice.

“This book presents a comprehensive account of the emerging role of MRI in the assessment of the human coronary arterial tree. André Duerinckx has gathered together physicians and scientists from North America, Europe and the UK who are experts in their field to discuss the topic in depth. … The authors deal well with a difficult and evolving topic. The discussions are up to date and complete … .” (Richard E. Slaughter, Australasian Radiology, Vol. 47 (3), 2003)

“Since the 1990s several groups worldwide have explored the potential of magnetic resonance to substitute conventional coronary angiography. One of the pioneers was Dr. André Duerinckx, who, in his current book … has brought together the experience and expertise of the different groups. … this well illustrated book gives an excellent overview of coronary MR angiography, and can be recommended for all those who are active in the field of cardiac imaging and for those interested in starting imaging in this very exciting domain.” (J. Bogaert, European Radiology, Vol. 13 (6), 2003)

“The book pleasantly surprised me in several ways. First, the book is easy to read. … Second, the book is well organized. … Finally, this book is balanced. … In summary, the book has a wealth of accessible, readable information about the technical aspects of coronary MR angiography and cardiac MR imaging. This will be a useful resource for anyone involved or interested in cardiac MR imaging at any level.” (Philip A. Araoz, Radiology, September, 2003)

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Integrative Cardiology: A New Therapeutic Vision 1st ed. 2017 Edition

Integrative Cardiology: A New Therapeutic Vision

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