This web site provides abbreviated content of some of the material found in the textbook by the same author and title (Klabunde, ., Cardiovascular Physiology Concepts ), which was published in its second edition by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2012). The printed textbook provides many more figures and tables, along with more detailed explanations of cardiovascular concepts, including details on topics not covered by this web site. More information on this textbook can be found by clicking on the book cover to the left.
What is even more disturbing is that Dr. Gordon does not acknowledge the dirty little secret about GP vets: many of them cannot determine whether a dog’s heart is enlarged or not, simply by looking at one set of x-rays. * As a result, they often tend to find enlargement when there really is none at all. When that leads to prematurely prescribing pimobendan, severe heart damage can occur, based upon prior peer-reviewed studies. To remedy this hazard, all she had to do was also recommend that the GP vets make baseline x-rays of their MVD patients before any enlargement takes place , so that the GP vet will be able to compare the normal size of the patient’s heart in the baseline x-ray to the later x-ray which may (or may not) show enlargement. This is what we mean by using a patient-specific VHS value.
Treatment (250-500 words). Treatments should be based on the most recently available and highest level of evidence. Treatment options should be summarized in the text and presented in detail in tables along with an indication of the strength of evidence supporting the individual treatments. In general, treatment recommendations should be supported by a systematic review of the literature, either performed by the author of the Review or published in the form of a high-quality review or guideline. If possible, the costs for various treatments should be provided.