Epidemiology of coronary artery disease, valve disease, and need for heart surgery -- Diagnostic tests -- Preparing a patient for cardiac surgery -- Cardiopulmonary bypass -- Coronary artery bypass graft surgery -- Valve surgery -- Other surgical treatments -- Off-pump surgeries and minimally invasive techniques -- The first few hours : initial recovery -- Complications : initial postoperative period -- Transition to intermediate care -- Extended recovery timelines -- Complications : extended recovery period -- Stroke -- Discharge and cardiac rehabilitation.
Assess vascular signs and symptoms quickly and accurately, detect associated findings, identify probable causes, and provide optimal patient care--all in an easy-to-use format.
-how to distinguish between a carotid bruit and a venous hum.
-why you shouldn't palpate both carotid arteries at once.
-how to objectively describe pulse amplitude using a scale ranging from zero to 4+.
-what kind of murmur may be associated with life-threatening aortic dissection.
-why hypertension can cause retinal changes, such as cotton-wool patches and papilledema--and how you can assess for these signs.
-the best place to listen for a renal artery bruit.
-why you should assess for dependent edema in a patient with renal artery stenosis.
...and much, much more.
-- Blanchard & Loeb website.