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Since publication of the First Edition, advances in the diagnosis and prevention and treatment strategies of the vulnerable plaque have necessitated this greatly expanded second edition. With several new chapters covering mainly diagnostic and treatment options, The Handbook of the Vulnerable Plaque will remain the benchmark text for all interventional cardiologists treating vulnerable patients by providing the physician with... more...

Given that for centuries, the standard tool to understand diseases in tissues was the microscope and that its major limitation was that only excised tissue could be used, recent technology now permits the examination of diseased tissue in vivo. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has promising potential when applied to coronary artery disease. OCT has the capability to identify coronary plaque and to distinguish between plaques that are stable and... more...

The prevalence of coronary artery disease is increasing due to rising rates of obesity and the fact that a greater number of people are living longer. Coronary Atherosclerosis: Current Management and Treatment addresses this leading cause of death worldwide. Atherosclerosis has a broad range of disease manifestations depending on the degree of the stenosis and the functional status of the coronary plaque. This volume, written by a... more...

Recently, sirolimus-eluting stents implantation has been shown to decrease restenosis markedly in selected patients. Nonetheless, the effects of SES implantation in complex, unselected patients, such as those commonly treated in daily practice ('the real world'), remains largely unknown. This book comprehensively evaluates the impact of SES implantation on the outcomes of patients treated in the real world of interventional cardiology. The authors... more...

Though still in its infancy, the revascularization of damaged cardiac cells with transplanted cells is currently being transformed from a research concept to a clinical tool. Drawing on information from experimental studies and first clinical trials, Handbook of Cardiovascular Cell Transplantation explores the use of a number of different cell types to repair damaged myocardium and/or coronary vessels and to induce angiogenesis. Interdisciplinary in... more...

While all interventional cardiologists have access to pharmacopeial texts and databases and are aware of the growing number of pharmacological agents in the armamentarium, questions arise as to the ideal agent or combination of agents in differing patient situations. This superb text offers the reader coverage of all the major pharmacological therapies used in treating the cath lab patient from the practical, personal perspective of those actively... more...