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November 7, 1980

Office Cardiology

Author Affiliations

The New York Hospital New York

JAMA. 1980;244(18):2106-2107. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310180070047

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While many of the exciting developments in cardiovascular medicine either have been surgical or have involved technical equipment and skills requiring hospital services, the importance of the office management of cardiovascular problems has not diminished. In fact, the key decisions regarding "what to do next" are most often made at the office level.

Office Cardiology consists of a series of presentations analyzing the new methods for making these decisions. Chapters dealing with the upto-date approach to the evaluation and treatment of murmurs, arrhythmias, failure, hypertension, angina, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and peripheral vascular diseases contain new and useful information. Discussions of the indications and limitations of technical advances include echocardiography, catheterization, arteriography, exercise testing, and pacemakers.

The subject of thromboembolism in cardiovascular disease is not dealt with in proportion to its importance; briefly mentioned in relation to mitral stenosis, it is not adequately discussed in terms of chronic atrial fibrillation