Cardiac Care - An Introduction for HealthcareProfessionals
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Written by experienced clinicians, Cardiac Care: An Introduction for Nurses takes readers step by step through the patient journey, from initial prevention through the critical period to rehabilitation or palliative care. A fundamental resource for all those new to cardiac care, the book provides a basic grounding in the underlying pathophysiology of the disease as well as an understanding of available treatments and provides an accessible update on the latest research and trends in the cardiac specialty.
  • The editors and contributors have years of experience caring for patients with cardiac disorders.
  • Accessible and interesting update on the latest research and trends in the fast-moving specialty of cardiac care.
  • The book has been designed so that the reader can ‘dip in’ at any point, to find out about a particular aspect of cardiac care.


David Barrett RN, BA (Hons), PGDip, Lecturer in Clinical Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull.

Tom Quinn RN, ONC, FESC, Mphil, Professor of Cardiac Nursing, Coventry University.

Mark Gretton RN, BA (Hons), MA, FETC, Lecturer in Nursing, Faculty of health and Social Care, University of Hull.



List of contributors.



1. The context of cardiac care (Tom Quinn).

2. The history of cardiac care (Tom Quinn).

3. Disease prevention and rehabilitation (David Barrett).

4. Anatomy and physiology of the heart (Mark Gretton).

5. Assessing the cardiac patient (Mark Gretton).

6. Coronary Heart Disease 1: Stable angina (Tom Quinn).

7. Coronary Heart Disease 2: Acute coronary syndromes (Tom Quinn).

8. Heart failure (Mark Gretton).

9. Arrhythmias (Mark Gretton).

10. Resuscitation (Joanne Hatfield).

11. Congenital heart disease (Liz Smith).

12. Valve disease, cardiomyopathy and inflammatory disorders (David Barrett).

13. Cardiac medications (David Barrett).

14. Interventional cardiology (David Barrett).

15. Cardiac surgery (Diane Burley and David Barrett).



"a relevant resource for clinical practice and practitioners working in this in-depth and fascinating speciality". (The Journal Of Perioperative Practice, March 2007)

"…gives the emergency nurse more than the initial and immediate management of this increasing group of patients…" (Accident and Emergency Nursing Journal,
April 2007)