Clinical Geriatric Cardiology-Management of the Elderly Patient. Harris, R. Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Co., 1986, 559 pages, hardcover.
This new second edition reference is divided into three sections. The first section titled Normal Cardiovascular Parameters of Aging - delves into a brief introduction to aging and the cardiovascular system, clinical diagnosis, laboratory evaluation, radiological techniques and principles of management. The second section - Specific Disorders of the Heart - discusses hypertension, hypotension, RHD, ischemie heart disease, etc. The third section - Special Problems in Old Age - details pre-, peri-, and postoperative care, CHD, heart blocks, the myopathies, arrhythmias, and much more.
Although written mainly for practicing physicians, this book can be very helpful to medical students, professional nurses and other health professionals. There is an abundance of charts, photos, EKG strips and diagrams that follow the writings -making comprehension that much easier. At the end of each chapter, the references and suggested reading lists are quite extensive.
As a professional nurse, I enjoyed the first section where the author gives a brief introduction to the various theories of aging, and also the chapter on clinical diagnosis. I found the chapter on pre, peri, and postop care, in the third section, quite helpful.