It is my long-held belief that establishing a firm understanding of the principles behind what we learn is far more useful than simply remembering the relevant facts. The cardiovascular system is central to the function of every organ in the human body and a sound understanding of its structure and physiology is paramount. In addition, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Western society and its importance cannot be overstated.
It is my hope that this book will provide a clear explanation of the basic principles of cardiovascular physiology, and bring these together with an introduction to the common disease processes and the drugs that can be used to treat them. It can serve as a revision aid for the time-pressed student but also provides some extra detail for those students aiming for honours. I do not expect it to replace the more comprehensive texts, but I hope that you find it a valuable addition to your reading that can help clarify points of confusion and save you precious time in the run up to exams.
The excellent Crash Course series summarizes the key learning points for the
‘information overloaded’ undergraduate medical student. The series format enhances learning through concise text, comprehension check boxes, and hints and tips boxes. The key salient points are presented in a user friendly and easy to read manner that enables the rapid assimilation of core knowledge.
The third edition of Crash Course: Cardiovascular System has been updated to provide contemporary emphasis on the cardiovascular system including current concepts of disease and emerging novel therapies. Complementary to the clinically orientated Crash Course: Cardiology, the book highlights all the essential basic knowledge that provides an invaluable foundation for application to clinical practice. The book takes the reader through first principles to inform the basis and presentation of cardiovascular disease, ultimately leading to the investigation and management of common cardiovascular disorders. This logical sequential progression enhances learning and understanding of the cardiovascular system in clinical medicine.
This book is a ‘must’ for the time pressed student who needs to use their revision time efficiently and effectively in the modern era of systems-based medical education.
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