Cardiac problems are often chronic in nature and affect our ever aging population. This requires long-term care for our underserved communities. In the "Heartland of America" patients are often unable or unwilling to leave their community setting to reach the Cardiologist. Placement of Cardiologists in the community is critical for appropriate diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner. The practical didactic format is designed to deliver information at the time of need to cardiology practitioners. With the use of diagrams, figures, and schematics this reference will be essential for community cardiology procedures, policy, and patient care.
Marc Baker, Cortland, USA; Mark Stellingworth, Lafayette, USA; Mark Kudes, Harleysville, USA
Business model discussion.- History and Physical.- General overview of cardiac specialty testing (which test, when why, and result interpretation).- Echocardiography.- ECG diagnoses and misdiagnoses.- Disease specific reviews including Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation, CAD.- Clinics- CHF clinic, Chest pain clinic, Atrial Fibrillation clinic, Pacemaker clinic.- Hospital issues: consults, management of acutely ill patients, relationship with tertiary centers.