The ESC Textbook of Intensive and Acute Cardiovascular Care Updates

Last update: February 2018

Review of a previous edition:

The ESC Textbook of Intensive and Acute Cardiac Care is an exceptional resource and invaluable review text. An excellent purchase for senior clinicians in cardiology and critical care and a must-have for cardiac intensivists-intraining, it also will be useful to scientists, clinical investigators, journal editors, and practicing clinicians.” - Journal of the American Medical Association

To celebrate the latest The ESC Textbook of Intensive and Acute Cardiovascular Care update, we are offering one chapter free-to-view

In the February 2018 update, all chapters were reviewed for the need to update, with substantial revisions made to twenty-eight chapters. See a list of all chapters which were updated here.

Free chapter:

Cardiogenic shock in patients with acute coronary syndromes
Holger Thiele and Uwe Zeymer

This newly updated chapter outlines the underlying causes and diagnostic criteria, pathophysiology, and treatment of cardiogenic shock complicating acute coronary syndromes, including mechanical complications and shock from right heart failure. It has been rigorously updated to include recent evidence on multivessel PCI versus culprit lesion only PCI and the ongoing CULPRIT-SHOCK trial, updates on levosimendan and percutaneous mechanical support devices, seven new references and more.

The ESC Textbook of Intensive and Acute Cardiovascular Care is the official textbook of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the ESC. The textbook comprehensively approaches all the different issues relating to intensive and acute cardiovascular care and aligns directly with the core training curriculum for ACCA.

Key features of the online edition include:

  • Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of intensive and acute cardiac care
  • Diverse and intriguing chapter content including non-cardiac disease and ethical issues
  • Updated annually
  • Additional exclusive online features including an extra chapter on lung ultrasound, and many more images and videos, as well as a full list of references from all chapters
  • Fully consistent with ESC guidelines and the ESC Core Curriculum in Acute Cardiac Care
  • Links to primary sources mentioned in the references via PubMed, ISI, and CrossRef for further research

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