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Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple, 4th Edition

Completely revised and updated, this best selling book is a clear, concise, highly practical and enjoyable overview of all of clinically relevant cardiology. History, physical, ECG (ECG interpretation taught in just 40 pages), radiology, noninvasive and invasive diagnostic tests, and therapy (both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic). This fourth edition includes an interactive CD-ROM (Win/Mac) with heart sounds, ECG interpretation, chest x-rays, echocardiography, CT and angiographic imaging, and quiz. Numerous new illustrations, cartoons, and images are also included. For medical students, house officers, cardiac fellows, practicing physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals involved in cardiac patient care.


Cardiovascular Reviews & Reports, May-June, 2004 A tour de force… practical, concise, easy to use, very up-to-date… for everyone… medical students… residents… cardiology fellows… internists… cardiologists. –Cardiovascular Reviews & Reports, May-June, 2004

About the Author

Michael A. Chizner, M.D., renowned cardiologist and Chief Medical Director of The Heart Center of Excellence of Broward Health, was recently named in the Top 1% in the Nation in the first Top Doctors List compiled by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report Top Doctors list was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. It draws from Castle Connolly’s database of physicians, all recommended for their clinical skills by other doctors and individually vetted by a physician-led research team. Dr. Chizner graduated with highest honors from Cornell University Medical College. He received his medical residency training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and his cardiology training at Georgetown University, where he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, and American Heart Association. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, and Barry University. Dr. Chizner has served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine. He has also served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of national cardiology journals, and has been Director and Keynote Speaker at national and regional medical education conferences.

He has written and edited numerous articles and books in cardiology. His widely read textbook, Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple is currently being used in medical schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Chizner spearheaded the establishment of the Heart Center of Excellence at Broward General Medical Center. He oversees an exceptional roster of experienced cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, whose clinical expertise, superior outcomes, and strongly positive patient satisfaction ratings earned Broward General Medical Center the distinction as the only high performing hospital in Broward County for cardiology and heart surgery, according to U.S. News & World Report.

First of all, please understand that I NEVER review anything online so for me to actually take the time to critique a book should already speak volumes and I am sorry for my lengthy review but this book deserves such praise. I acquired my first copy of Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple as a medical student and I think I used it mostly as a paperweight to hold down the massive collection of class notes I had acquired. How I wish I knew what a gem of a book I had at the time. I recently acquired Dr. Chizner’s updated version now as a 3rd year Internal Medicine resident and all I can say is truly is a textbook every medical professional should have. It really is the bible of cardiology.

This book is crammed pack of information. Every line I read contains information that I have been “pimped” on during rounds, or seen on USMLE questions as well as Internal Medicine Board prep questions. But it is not just the information that it contains that makes this book stand out. In today’s era of technology we have access to the information at our finger tips with Google, eMedicine, UptoDate, etc. It’s the style of writing that I am in awe of. To me medical textbooks, while very informative, are boring if not painful to read. I always wondered why I could manage to read a 400 page James Patterson or John Grisham book in one day, but I would take me a week to read 20 pages of medical text. It’s the style of writing that makes a difference. And that is what this book truly has to offer. It’s written in a style that makes learning fun. After working 12-14 hour shifts the last thing I really want to do is read a boring book, and honestly most of the time I don’t. But with Dr. Chizner’s book, I had no problem completing all 300 and some pages within a few weeks and never once complained about it. In fact, it was a pleasure to read much like my James Patterson or John Grisham books.

What I enjoyed most about this book is its emphasis on the bedside evaluation of the cardiac patient. Sadly, rounds in the hospital are not done at the bedside anymore and the art of learning how to diagnose cardiac pathology thru exam is being lost to high tech and expensive tests. As a new physician, I can’t tell you the joy and excitement you feel when you can walk in a patient’s room take your history and perform your physical exam and know EXACTLY what the patient has. It’s incredible. It’s what makes medicine fun. However, many of today’s clinicians are unable to do that.

They may hear a murmur, but can’t tell you the type, severity, or show you the associated signs to look for. So it’s hard as a physician in training to learn from them how to recognize and identify these things. Which is why I LOVE the CD that accompanies this book. It’s like having a master clinician at your finger tips walking you through the heart sounds. Dr. Chizner himself reproduces the heart sounds phonetically so the listener can learn to identify the pattern of the sounds. He then includes actual heart sounds so the listener can practice listening what he just learned. I still repeat Dr. Chizner’s phonetic descriptions while at bedside listening to the heart and because of him I can identify the murmurs easily, recognize abnormal S1, S2 heart sounds and know the difference between normal variants of heart sounds versus pathologic ones. Where as before all I could do was tell you there is a murmur and whether it was systolic or diastolic.

Also, what makes the CD especially valuable are the many opportunities to practice skills learned from reading the book, with multiple examples of EKG tracings, clinical scenarios, quizzes, and chest x-rays. The CD even provides tutorial and introduction to echos. This is especially useful because there are no books or websites which offer a readable and concise explanation of basic echocardiography; usually one must wade through advanced level echocardiography texts designed for the subspecialist which are impossible to understand.

Overall, this textbook is masterfully written and a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is an essential book to all in the medical profession no matter what level of training. I am sure I will continue to use it as a reference during my training as well as my career as a physician. I am already a better clinician because of this book and for that I am forever grateful to Dr. Chizner.

Product Details :

  • Series: Made Ridiculously Simple
  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Medmaster; 4 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935660047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935660040
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.7 x 11.3 inches

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