The Washington Manual of Echocardiography PDF

The Washington Manual of Echocardiography PDF



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Preface

Beep! Beep! Beep!The on-call pager signals another patient in need of cardiology consultation in the middle of the night. An echocardiogram is not an infrequent request as part of that consultation at our hospital and many others across the country. Yet, as a cardiology fellow faced with a wide array of new procedures and knowledge, the ability to adequately perform and interpret an echocardiogram remains a daunting task. There are a number of excellent, comprehensive textbooks regarding echocardiography. However, our fellows have frequently complained that there is no “handbook” that they have found useful to carry as an introduction to this field or as a reminder of the critical elements and findings of an echocardiographic examination. The primary goal of this book, therefore, has been to bridge this gap that a novice to this field experiences but also to provide succinct and useful tips that highlight the amazing depth and diagnostic utility of this modality.
Despite a challenging economic environment, the role and use of echocardiography continues to grow in the care of cardiac patients. This is related to this technique’s wide availability, ease of application, lack of harmful radiation and comprehensive anatomic and hemodynamic information that is provided on a real-time basis. The echnology has continued to evolve to not only increase the quality and accuracy of this information but also extend its use to practitioners outside of cardiology. The use of handheld ultrasound devices, for example, is now part of reality, and emergency departments and intensive care physicians in particular have used this technology to rapidly evaluate patients with cardiac complaints. This book will be a valuable resource for all those physicians interested in this field.
Finally, this book was conceived and written by our cardiology fellows, who have worked and trained in a busy academic hospital. In their exposure to interesting and challenging cases, they provide a unique perspective, from a trainee’s point of view, as to what constitutes critical pieces of knowledge to be gained in this field. We hope that this book imparts not only this fundamental understanding of echocardiography but also an enthusiasm for further knowledge in this area.


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