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May 27, 1983

Diagnostic Methods in Clinical Cardiology

Author Affiliations

Baylor College of Medicine Houston

JAMA. 1983;249(20):2830. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330440066045

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This is a well-written, condensed review of the noninvasive diagnostic techniques employed by clinical cardiologists. The chapters include electrocardiography, echocardiography, phonocardiography, and external pulse recordings embracing a nice review of systolic time intervals, radioisotope examination of the heart, nonangiographic radiological examination of the heart, and various blood tests. There is particular reference to cardiac enzymes, lipid abnormalities, and review of antiarrhythmic medication with correlation of dosage and administration with blood levels. A chapter on hemodynamic monitoring deals primarily with the technique of insertion of the Swan-Ganz catheter and measurements made therewith, as well as the very basics of catheterization of the right and left sides of the heart, with indications in various organic heart disease states.

The chapters are brief and cover only the most fundamental observations. However, for the physician in general medicine or the neophyte cardiologist, the information supplied is basic and accurate, and each chapter contains an