The clinician's role in the management of acute myocardial infarction has changed markedly over the last six decades, since the original clinical description by Herrick in 1912, from one of documentation to that of intervention. Our current approach to the therapy of acute myocardial infarction is based on our expanding understanding of the pathogenesis of myocardial infarction and the introduction of new treatment modalities. The rapid development of new management strategies has made it difficult for even the subspecialist to stay abreast of new techniques for patient management.
This book begins, appropriately, with the basic pathophysiology and clinical information needed by each physician to assess the patient with an acute myocardial infarction. Short, concise reviews of each topic are well referenced. The section on assessing the patient is particularly helpful for the individual first learning to evaluate and manage the patient with an acute myocardial infarction.
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