The Handbook of Stroke Prevention in Clinical Practice provides a compact, yet rich compilation of the quintessential stroke prophylaxis practices and their justifications. Although for the most part written by neurologists, the book is intended for a wider medical audience, including clinical investigators and general practitioners. Such spirit is patent in the authors' frequent practical remarks concerning practice guidelines. Important but often neglected aspects of stroke prevention, including smoking cessation, weight loss, and renunciation of a sedentary lifestyle are critically examined by the authors. Throughout the text, the authors elaborate a sober analysis of evidence-based medicine, frequently dissecting the essentials of important clinical trials that have influenced medical practice. In spite of its title, the Handbook of Stroke Prevention in Clinical Practice tackles certain aspects of stroke medicine that extend beyond prevention, such as stroke pathophysiology and diagnosis.
The handbook is slender and easy to carry, which greatly enhances its practicality. It is divided into 17 short and compelling chapters, which begin with stroke risk factors and then concentrate on specific ischemic stroke subtypes, according to different pathophysiologic mechanisms. The handbook provides a quick reference for various important topics in stroke medicine, including certain aspects of stroke that until recently remained largely uncertain, such as the association between brain ischemia and hyperlipidemia, hormonal replacement therapy, and some genetic mutations. In addition, there is a very interesting chapter regarding preoperative assessment of brain ischemia, which is a frequent reason for consultation. Particularly satisfying is the perception of brain ischemia as a syndrome of multiple origins with different characteristics and management, rather than a homogeneous entity, such as myocardial infarction.
Stroke Essentials for Primary Care: A Practical Guide is a must-have resource, offering the essential, practical knowledge required to evaluate and treat stroke patients. While an indispensable guide for primary care clinicians, including family practitioners and medical internists who often assume the care of stroke patients without the aid of a neurologist (primarily in underserved areas), the information contained herein is also an invaluable resource to all physicians in training, especially residents and fellows in neurology, cardiology, and surgery, among others. Stroke Essentials for Primary Care: A Practical Guide provides the latest diagnostic and treatment information that allows for greater clinical confidence. Designed to allow easy access to essential information, most chapters include a quick summary of their content and conclusions. Chapters review information on such topics as distinguishing features of presentation, rapid determination of stroke type, prevention strategies, long-term complications, and special topics that may apply to specific populations. Targeted and easy to read, Stroke Essentials for Primary Care: A Practical Guide is an essential resource for all practitioners in primary care medicine and specialty physicians in training.
The text merges clinical neurophysiology of the swallow directly to assessment and treatment of dysphagia to provide quick access of key clinical information and solutions for clinicians as they are completing their swallowing assessments. A discussion of laboratory values and medications in chapters three and four and how they can impact dysphagia adds another layer of uniqueness to this guide. Recurring "clinician's note" and "research to practice" boxes are based on the current research and provide practical and useful tips for clinicians. 781b155fdc