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Angina and Heart Attack

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Title: Angina and Heart Attack

Author: Phil Jevon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Reviewer: Anne Duell, registered general nurse, Birmingham Community NHS Trust

What was it like?

This is a concise little book packed full of knowledge, anatomy & physiology and guidance for long term management of angina and heart attacks.  Itis a must have resource book for anyone who wishes to revise their knowledge of these two long term conditions as well as health practitioners, whose job entails advising patient groups about how they can live and remain active while keeping their condition under control.

The author has written this book in such a manner that the potential readership is broad. It is suitable for health care professionals, carers, as well as our patients and their families.

From the outside the book does not look anything special but it does exactly what it says on the cover. It provides “all the information you need straight from the experts”.It is current, up to date and based on current recommendations and practices. Inside there are illustrations where appropriate, for example when teaching the reader about cardiac pulmonary resuscitation.

The range of subjects in this book also includes causes of ischaemic heart disease and investigations for angina. Section 10 covers further information on angina and heart attack giving the reader a broad range of further resources available and how to obtain them, whether this is as simple as going to their doctor’s surgery or going on line and looking at the British Heart Foundation website and their vast resources, including relevant podcasts.

What were the highlights? 

I specifically enjoyed section 10, for the work that had gone into collating where other resources can be obtained from and the usability of these potential resources.

Strengths & weaknesses:

There is no obvious weakness to written material contained within this book.  Those who have worked to put this resource together have done so on a logical and coherent manner.  The main strength to this book is its wide readership. Also, reading this book enables the reader to be confident in undertaking cardiopulmonary resuscitation, whether for a family member or stranger.

The weaknesses in this book do not come from the written content but from the visual content. The illustrations incorporated into the text are black and white copies and are not as clear as they could be. Also the text may be a little on the small side for some readers.

Who should read it? 

Anyone caring for patients/clients or family with angina or has had (or at risk of) a heart attack would  benefit from reading this book. 

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