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TitleResource Utilization in Cardiac Disease [electronic resource] / edited by Lloyd W. Klein, James E. Calvin
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1999
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Descript XIII, 314 p. online resource


Despite recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of various cardiac illnesses, including ischemic, valvular and cardiomyopathic disease, the most cost-effective means of employing laboratory testing and treatment modalities remains an issue in most practice settings. With the advent of managed care and vigilant third-party payer evaluation of the use of diagnostic tests and hospital length of stay, the most effective medical and economic method of managing everyday cardiac illness is a question that arises daily in practice. To this end, we have selected well-known and widely published experts in cardiac diagnosis and therapy to develop practical and informative approaches outlining the most cost-effective methods of patient management. The topics include the entire range of cardiac diseases and emphasize the economic impact on decision-making. We develop guidelines and present general strategies for the practicing cardiologist and general internist. Additionally, the editors, who have 10 years of experience in this area, discuss the methods necessary to bring critical pathways and practice guidelines into clinical use. Both hospital and out-patient phases of illness are considered. Special concerns of hospital, private practice managed care and group practice settings are specifically addressed


1. Cost Effective Evaluation of Chest Pain -- 2. Management of Stable Angina Pectoris -- 3. Management of Unstable Angina Using Risk Stratification Methods -- 4. Evidence Based Management of Acute Myocardial Infarction -- 5. Platelet Glycoprotein IIB/IIIA Integrin Inhibition in Acute Myocardial Infarction -- 6. Risk Factor Modification -- 7. Hypertension - Diagnosis and Treatment -- 8. Selection of Balloon Catheter Therapy for Patients with Mitral and Aortic Valve Stenosis -- 9. Congestive Heart Failure; Clinics and Other Strategies for Cost Effective Management -- 10. Resource Utilization in Atrial Fibrillation -- 11. Congestive Heart Failure -- 12. Coronary Intervention -- 13. Cardiogenic Shock -- 14. The Use of Clinical Practice Guidelines in Cardiology -- 15. Information System Requirements -- 16. Management of Patients with Life-Threatening Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias: Focus on the Preeminent Role of the Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator

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