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100 Questions & Answers About Valvular Heart Disease

Author(s): Ramdas G. Pai, MBBS, MD, FRCP, FACC, Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Director, Heart & Imaging Center, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
Padmini Varadarajan, MD, FACC, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director, Cardiac MRI, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763753870
  • Paperback    98 pages      © 2009
Price: $20.95 US List
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Empower Yourself!

Whether you’re a newly diagnosed patient with valvular heart disease, or have a friend or relative with valvular heart problems, this book offers help. 100 Questions & Answers About Valvular Heart Disease gives authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, and provides sources of support from both the doctor’s and patient’s viewpoints. Included are  improved surgical procedures, noninvasive techniques for surveillance of left ventricular function, guidelines for the timing of surgery, and the role of drug therapy in the management of valvular heart disease. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this disease.

 

 Part 1: The Basics

- Where is the heart located, and what are its components?

-Why are the heart valves important?

-What happens when the valves malfunction?

 
Part 2: Causes, symptoms and diagnosis

- What are the mechanisms of degenerative valve disease?

- Which valve or valves are affected by ischemic valve disease?

 
Part 3: Treatment decisions

- What needs to be done if there is a valve problem?

- What are the general guidelines for surgical intervention?

- Who needs endocarditis prophylaxis?

 
Part 4: Surgical management

- What are the types of surgery for valve disorders?

- What are the long-term outcomes with artificial valves?

- What are the complications of warfarin therapy?

 
Part 5: Specific Valves Problems

- Are there nonsurgical approaches available for severe mitral regurgitation?

- What is mitral stenosis and what are the causes?

- Am I a candidate for percutaneous valve therapy?


Ramdas G. Pai, MBBS, MD, FRCP, FACC-Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Director, Heart & Imaging Center, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California

Dr. Pai is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California. He is also the Director of the Heart Valve Center and Cardiac Imaging. He trained in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States with medical qualifications from all three countries. He has published extensively with over 250 published scientific manuscripts and abstracts. He has made major contributions in the management of valvular disorders. He is also on the editorial board of several major cardiovascular journals and has served as an editorial consultant for over a dozen journals. He teaches and mentors medical trainees at all levels from medical students to advanced cardiology trainees, and has a passion for patient education. He believes that the patient is the most important partner in decisions and disease management and has to be well-informed.

Padmini Varadarajan, MD, FACC-Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director, Cardiac MRI, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California

Dr. Varadarajan holds the title of Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She completed her general Cardiology training at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Subsequent to that she trained in advanced echocardiography at LLUMC and in cardiac MRI at the University of Southern California. She is well-versed in the field of valvular heart diseases. She has been involved in research in the area of valvular heart disease and has several publications in that field. She is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and cardiology fellows-in-training.

  • "This book is written by two experienced cardiologists with a passion for quality patient care and expertise in cardiac imaging and management of valvular problems.  It provides precise and easy-to-understand answers to patient questions with acquired or congenital heart disease.  The up-to-date information is also an excellent guide to practicioners who manager, counsel, and treat such patients"

    - Anees Razzouk, MD, FACC

      Professor and Chief, Loma Linda University School of Medicine

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