Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple

(39 customer reviews)

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 non-pharmacologic). For medical students, house officers, cardiac fellows, practicing physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care professionals.

Companion Digital Download of Heart Sounds & Images program (Win/Mac) with heart sounds, ECG interpretation, chest x-rays, echocardiography, cases, and quiz.

 

Rated #1 of the Best Cardiology Books of All Time, by Bookauthority: https://bookauthority.org/books/best-cardiology-books

 

$39.95

Book Details

Pages

384

ISBN

9781935660316

Publication

Edition 5 (September 15, 2018)

Language

English

Digital

Includes download of interactive Heart Sounds and Cardiac Images (WIN/MAC)

About The Author

Michael A Chizner

Michael A. Chizner, M.D., renowned cardiologist, Founder and former 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. 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, overseeing 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.

Free Digital Download of Heart Sounds & Images Program

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Abbreviations (Inside front cover)
Dedication
About the author
Foreword by W. Proctor Harvey, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.C.
Preface
Acknowledgments

PART I. THE FIVE-FINGER APPROACH TO CARDIAC DIAGNOSIS

CHAPTER 1. THE CARDIAC HISTORY
Chest Pain or Discomfort
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Stable Angina Pectoris, Unstable Angina, and Acute Myocardial Infarction
Pertinent Past Medical History and/or Risk Factors for CAD
Chest Pain in Other Cardiovascular Conditions
Pericarditis
Aortic Dissection
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction (e.g., Valvular Aortic Stenosis, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)
Pulmonary Hypertension
Shortness of Breath
Fatigue and Weakness
Cough and Hemoptysis
Palpitations
Dizziness, Near-Syncope, and Syncope
Other Symptoms
Fever, Chills, and Sweats
Gastrointestinal Symptoms
Embolic Symptoms
Intermittent Claudication
Changes in Weight

CHAPTER 2. THE CARDIAC PHYSICAL EXAM
Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
INSPECTION
-General Appearance
-Cutaneous Manifestations (Skin Color, Temperature, Texture)
-Voice
-Jugular Venous Pressure (JVP) and Pulse
-Estimating JVP
-Abdominojugular Test
-Abnormalities of the Venous Wave Form
PALPATION
-Blood Pressure and Arterial Pulse
-Abnormalities of Blood Pressure
-Abnormalities of Arterial Pulse
-Precordial Movements and Palpation
AUSCULTATION
-The Cardiac Cycle
-Use of the Stethoscope
-Dynamic Auscultation
-Heart Sounds: Normal and Abnormal
-First and Second heart sounds (S1 and S2)
-Auscultation of S1 (“Lub”)
-Loud S1
-Faint S1
-Variable Intensity of S1
-Auscultation of S2 (“Dub”)
-Intensity and Splitting of S2
-Sounds in Systole
-Ejection Sounds and Systolic Clicks
-Sounds in Diastole
-Third and Fourth Heart Sounds (S3 and S4)
-Other Diastolic Sounds
-Heart Murmurs: Systolic, Diastolic, and Continuous
-Systolic Murmurs — Innocent vs Significant (“Guilty”)
-Early-mid Systolic (Ejection) Murmurs
-Innocent Murmurs
-Aortic Stenosis
-Pulmonic Stenosis
-Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy
-Atrial Septal Defect
-Holosystolic Murmurs
-Mitral Regurgitation
-Tricuspid Regurgitation
-Ventricular Septal Defect
-Late Systolic Murmurs
-Mitral Valve Prolapse
-Diastolic Murmurs
-Early Diastolic Murmurs
-Aortic Regurgitation
-Pulmonic Regurgitation
-Middiastolic and Presystolic Murmurs
-Mitral Stenosis
-Tricuspid Stenosis
-Continuous Murmurs
-Patent Ductus Arteriosus
-Jugular Venous Hum
-Coronary Arteriovenous Fistula
-Pulmonary Arteriovenous Fistula
-Ruptured Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm
-Miscellaneous
-Pericardial Friction Rubs

CHAPTER 3. ELECTROCARDIOGRAM
Basic Electrocardiography
Cardiac Electrical Activity and the Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Standard ECG Leads
Approach to ECG Interpretation
Rate and Rhythm
The P Wave
The QRS
The T Wave
The U Wave
The PR Interval
The ST Segment
The QT Interval
QRS Axis
Major ECG Abnormalities: Diagnostic Clues and Clinical Correlations
Myocardial Ischemia and Infarction
Cardiac Chamber Enlargement and Hypertrophy
Miscellaneous Patterns
Arrhythmias and Conduction Disturbances

CHAPTER 4. CHEST X-RAY
The Cardiovascular Silhouette, Cardiac Chambers and the Aorta
The Pulmonary Vasculature
The Lung Fields
Thoracic Cage Abnormalities

CHAPTER 5. CARDIAC DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY TESTS
Blood Tests
Routine Chemistries
Cardiac Enzymes
Specialized Non-invasive Tests
Transthoracic M-Mode and Two Dimensional Color-Flow Doppler
Echocardiography
Transesophageal Echocardiography
Ambulatory Electrocardiography; Holter Monitoring and Transtelephonic
ECG/Event Recording
Signal Averaged Electrocardiography
Tilt-Table Testing
Exercise and Pharmacologic Stress Testing, including Nuclear and
Echocardiographic Imaging
Radionuclide Studies
Electron Beam Computed Tomography
Specialized Invasive Techniques
Cardiac Catheterization: Coronary Angiography and Left Ventriculography
Electrophysiologic Studies (EPS)
Summary: Non-invasive and Invasive Test Indications and Applications

PART II. CARDIOVASCULAR THERAPY

CHAPTER 6. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS IN CARDIOVASCULAR THERAPY

CHAPTER 7. CARDIAC DRUGS
Beta blockers
Calcium Channel Blockers
Nitrates
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors
Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
Inotropic Agents
Digitalis Glycosides
Sympathomimetic Amines
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
Diuretics
Thiazides
Loop Diuretics
Potassium Sparing Diuretics
Antiplatelet Agents
Aspirin
Thienopyridines
Glycoprotein II b/III a Receptor Inhibitors
Thrombolytics and Anticoagulants
Thrombolytic Agents
Unfractionated and Low Molecular Weight Heparin
Warfarin (Coumadin)
Lipid Controlling Agents
HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors (Statins)
Nicotinic Acid (Niacin)
Bile Acid Sequestrants (Resins)
Fibric Acid Derivatives (Fibrates)
Other Agents (e.g., Ezetimibe)
Antiarrhythmic Agents
-Class I Agents
-Class II Agents
-Class III Agents
-Class IV Agents
-Other Agents (e.g., Digitalis, Adenosine)

CHAPTER 8. CARDIAC NONPHARMACOLOGIC AND INTERVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI): Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary
Angioplasty (PTCA) and Stenting
Transluminal Balloon Valvuloplasty
Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation
Electrical Cardioversion and Defibrillation

CHAPTER 9. CARDIAC DEVICE THERAPY
Cardiac Pacemakers
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

CHAPTER 10. CARDIAC SURGERY
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Valvular Repair and/or Replacement
Cardiac Transplantation

PART III. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

CHAPTER 11. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE
Angina Pectoris
Clinical Recognition of Stable Angina Pectoris
Clinical Recognition of Unstable Angina
Management of Stable Angina Pectoris
Management of Unstable Angina
Acute Myocardial Infarction (MI)
Clinical Recognition of Acute MI
Management of Acute MI
Complications of Acute MI
Electrical Complications of Acute MI
Ventricular Arrhythmias
Supraventricular Arrhythmias
Bradyarrhythmias and Conduction Disturbances
Mechanical Complications of Acute MI
Left Ventricular (LV) Systolic Dysfunction
Acute Ventricular Septal Defect and Papillary Muscle Rupture
Right Ventricular Infarction
Left Ventricular Aneurysm
LV Free Wall Rupture and Pseudoaneurysm
Pericarditis
Secondary Prevention: Pharmacologic Therapy, Risk Factor Modification and
Cardiac Rehabilitation

CHAPTER 12. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH HEART FAILURE
Etiology and Pathophysiology
Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction
Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure
Treatment of Acute Pulmonary Edema

CHAPTER 13. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH SYSTEMIC ARTERIAL HYERTENSION
Primary and Secondary Forms of Hypertension
Clinical Manifestations of Hypertension
Therapy of Hypertension

CHAPTER 14. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH DYSLIPIDEMIA
Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis
Therapeutic Considerations

CHAPTER 15. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH VALVULAR HEART DISEASE
Aortic Stenosis (AS)
Clinical Recognition of AS
Management of AS
Aortic Regurgitation (AR)
Chronic AR
Clinical Recognition of Chronic AR
Acute AR
Clinical Recognition of Acute AR
Management of Chronic and Acute AR
Mitral Regurgitation (MR)
Chronic MR
Clinical Recognition of Chronic MR
Management of Chronic MR
Acute MR
Clinical Recognition and Management of Acute MR
Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)
Clinical Recognition of MVP
Management of MVP
Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis (MS)
Clinical Recognition of Rheumatic MS
Management of Rheumatic MS
Tricuspid Regurgitation (TR)
Clinical Recognition of TR
Management of TR

CHAPTER 16. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY
Clinical Recognition of Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM)
Treatment Options for HOCM
Risk of Sudden Death

CHAPTER 17. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS
Etiology and Risk Factors
Clinical Presentation of Infective Endocarditis
Therapy of Infective Endocarditis

CHAPTER 18. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH AORTIC DISSECTION
Classification and Pathogenesis
Clinical Manifestations of Aortic Dissection
Medical and Surgical Considerations in Aortic Dissection

CHAPTER 19. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH PERICARDIAL DISEASE
Acute Pericarditis
Cardiac Tamponade
Constrictive Pericarditis

CHAPTER 20. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH PULMONARY HYPERTENSION
Pathophysiologic Mechanisms
Clinical Recognition of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
Management of Pulmonary Hypertension

CHAPTER 21. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH A HEART MURMUR
When to Order a Doppler-Echo

CHAPTER 22. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS AND CONDUCTION DISTURBANCES
General Considerations
Atrial Fibrillation
Supraventricular Tachycardias
Ventricular Tachycardia
Bradyarrhythmias and Conduction Abnormalities

CHAPTER 23. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE
Bicuspid Aortic Valve
Pulmonic Valve Stenosis
Atrial Septal Defect
Ventricular Septal Defect
Coarctation of the Aorta
Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Marfan’s Syndrome

CHAPTER 24. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH HEART DISEASE UNDERGOING NONCARDIAC SURGERY
Preoperative Assessment of Risk
Clinical Predictors of Risk
Surgery Specific Markers of Risk
Perioperative Evaluation and Management

CHAPTER 25. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH NEOPLASTIC HEART DISEASE
Primary Tumors of the Heart
Atrial Myxoma
Angiosarcoma
Secondary Tumors of the Heart and the Effects of Treatment
Carcinoid Syndrome

CHAPTER 26. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH “FALSE” HEART DISEASE
Pitfalls in the Clinical Recognition and Management of Heart Disease
Misleading Clues in the Clinical Cardiovascular Evaluation
Misinterpretation of Symptoms and Signs
Misinterpretation of ECG, CXR, and Diagnostic Laboratory Data
The Athlete’s Heart
Iatrogenic Heart Disease

CHAPTER 27. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH AN ACUTE CARDIAC EMERGENCY
General Considerations
Universal Approach to Adult Emergency Cardiac Care
Ventricular Fibrillation/Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia
Pulseless Electrical Activity
Asystole
Bradycardia
Tachycardia
Shock
Selected Reading
Index

39 reviews for Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple

  1. K. Trubey – AN ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE!!!!!

    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.

  2. Let’s Compare Options Preptorial – Comparing Four Texts for PA’s, Med Students, Residents…

    I was recently on a committee preparing an ACC report on textbooks for young or new Cardiology practitioners, and older autodidacts brushing up on the latest science for a career change or advance. As a technical editor and volunteer at preptorial dot org, I prepare the exam questions both for their free test banks, and the actual professional exams for credentialing and CME’s/ CPE’s.
    The standards we used were completeness, readability, level, relevance to exams, digital/web resources and price/value. Out of 22 texts and books evaluated, 4 got 10 stars (the equivalent of Amazon’s 5 stars):

    –Chizner: Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple (Edition 4) (Medmaster Ridiculously Simple)
    –Topol: The Topol Solution: Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, Third Edition with DVD, Plus Integrated Content Website (Topol,Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine)
    –Chatterjee: Cardiology: An Illustrated Textbook (2 Volume set)
    –Holler: Cardiology Essentials

    First, stats:

    Chizner: $20, 2014, 365 pages, Not an Illustrated text
    Topol: $240 (but $6 US used), 2006, 1,600 pages, Illustrated
    Chatterjee: $150, 2012, Two volumes (2,600 pages), Highly Illustrated
    Holler: $52, 2007, 284 pages, Some illustration, PA oriented, some $30 used

    Differences and reasons for high ratings: Chizner is the most up to date, has the highest cost/benefit ratio, and is very technical, packed with information and fine print, but not illustrated. This is ideal for the nurse/ PA/ Hospitalist going INTO Card, not just brushing up. Numerous up to date web resources and the authors respond quickly to inquiries.

    Topol is older and originally very expensive, but also has numerous illustrations, web references that are mostly up to date even now, and is extremely comprehensive with a non intimidating writing style. The real value is that it is now available for under $10 US from many sources, which is extreme value for content. This still is one of five top picks for Card programs at med schools, and a top pick for library specialty collections at schools and hospitals.

    Holler is specific for PA’s and really gets down to the bedside nitty gritty, as does Chizner–very real world, although far less technical than Chizner. If you’re a math wiz, go with Chizner, if you love patient interaction but also are a tech, Holler is outstanding.
    The best of breed, but relatively expensive, is Chatterjee. This is now the number one choice for Card classes as well as residents in med schools and teaching hospitals. The price/value is the highest for relevance, with thousands of pages and illustrations, and voted the best teaching/writing style of ANY technical textbook in med, not just Card! Even valuable used, you will rarely find this, with CD, at deep discounts.

    Choice depends on your objectives. Comprehensive knowledge: Chatterjee/Topol; Deep science: both of those plus Chizner; PA/brush up, test prep: Chizner, with some Holler. PA/Nurse/Hospitalist: Holler specializes and shines here, but Chizner also is outstanding, even though it is a deep read with lots of math and science.
    Tip: visit the links above and do a comparative “look inside” if you’re unsure of level. As far as sales statistics, Chizner wins, but that is generally a price function.

    If you are doing self study, sorry about this due to price, but Chatterjee is unequalled for both explanatory power and illustrations, with less of a need for an instructor. To make this list, all four have to have state of the art digital resources. Enjoy! Email or comment if you have specific questions, I’ve got all four right here, along with 20+ others…

    If you’re a Card book author, and your book isn’t on this list, it might not have been evaluated in this exercise, email and I’ll include it on the panel.

  3. M. Brown – Great, great book

    When I was in med school, I found the “ridiculously simple” series to be hit or miss. The text was always in a weird format, and I didn’t care for the cartoons most of the time. In residency, I never gave them a second look.

    I’m a practicing physician now, and on my shelf is a wonderful, thousand page two volume set called “classic teachings in clinical cardiology.” This book was published in 1996, and was a down to earth, comprehensive, patient focused guide on the art of cardiology, especially as it applied to the history and physical exam. It had been compared to “having a conversation with a master teacher,” as it was based on the teachings of William Proctor Harvey. It was always my favorite cardiology text in residency, but was dated and always wished it could be updated. I never noticed that the editor was Michael Chizner.

    Of course, that’s the same author as this book.I eagerly bought it, and cannot express my delight in it. It is a scientifically sound, up to date tome but it’s at its core Chizner’s “classic teachings” that I always wished would be updated (it even includes most everything from William Harvey).It celebrates the art of the bedside exam and clinical thinking but melds well with 21st century technology, and frankly if you can learn and employ the techniques and passion contained in this book you would be practicing at a higher level than most cardiology fellows.

    Buy this book. It is not a quick reference, but rather a distillation of one of the great bedside cardiology texts, and does take some time to work through it- but all effort expended in doing so will be rewarded immensely.

  4. Daniel – Must buy for any medical student, resident, cardiology fellow.

    In 1917, after the United States joined WW1, a young Polish-American physician, by the name of Samuel A. Levine was sent to the British Medical Corps to serve at the British Heart Hospital, where he would learn from some of the greatest physician-clinicians the world has ever known: Sir Clifford Allbutt, Sir William Osler, Sir James McKenzie and Sir Thomas Lewis. Years later Samuel A. Levine, at Harvard’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, would train another master-clinician, in W. Proctor Harvey, who would become the world’s most skilled practioner of cardiac auscultation. The art of cardiology, would next be passed, directly, to Michael A. Chizner, his student through cardiology fellowship at Georgetown and through his life as a cardiologist. The master-clinician W. Proctor Harvey, held in such high regard by the medical community and his students would author: Classic Teachings in Clinical Cardiology: A Tribute to W. Proctor Harvey by Michael A. Chizner; a collaboration by his former pupils to carry on his legacy.

    Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple is that original tribute, Classic Teachings in Clinical Cardiology, redeveloped for today’s medical students, residents, and cardiology fellows. The book is written not as a textbook but as a story that echoes the teachings of W. Proctor Harvey himself and the story telling of Michael A. Chizner. It is full of cardiology’s “clinical pearls” —particular observations that provide a clue to the diagnosis in question. “..like pearls, these clues do not lose their luster with time.”
    It is split into 2 halves. One half teaching the art and theory behind the “5 finger approach” to cardiology, the other on its practical application to disease. The book is written uniquely to keep the reader entertained, while still having the reader retain its message. Clever cartoons, charts, drawings, and figures aid the reader. It can be read in order or in sections. A reader, with multiple passes at different stages of learning and skill set, would still be able to learn new things. Cardiology is an extremely fast moving field of medicine and Dr Chizner has managed to maintain this book up-to-date develops in the field on a yearly basis, making this one of the most up-to-date books of cardiology I have seen. The 5th edition has been significantly updated compared to previous editions

    Hippocrates once said, of medicine, “the life so short, the craft so long to learn.” Dr Chizner’s book Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple really does take that craft and simplifies its teachings.

  5. KB – MUST READ

    Absolutely outstanding book targeted to any audience, a true gem for anyone who is interested in learning more about cardiology in a unique presentation. Dr. Chizner is an unparalleled cardiologist whose expertise is invaluable. He is a direct disciple from thee Proctor Harvey, MD. This book is a gold mine of clinical pearls passed down from cardiology’s forefathers who are no longer present to teach the future generation of medicine. The wisdom found in this text has been proven to be life-saving for countless patients. Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple is consistently listed as a top read for medical students. This book provides a rare insight into the advanced world of cardiology by breaking down tough concepts into easily understood language. Whether you have five minutes or five weeks, this book is a must read and is undeniably beneficial to both the layperson and medical professional. It is a great overview of clinical cardiology and can serve as a fantastic reference resource. Could not be more sure of this purchase and would strongly recommend to anyone looking to gain knowledge on the topic!

  6. Khizer Ahmed Sikander – The bible of clinical Cardiology! A must buy for fellows.

    As a cardiology fellow, I have to admit this is one of the best resources available in the market today.

    The author keeps the book up to date with current guidelines and presents them in an easy to understand manner.

    The book covers a wide range of topics from cardiac catheterization to out patient cardiology all of which are written with elegant simplicity which makes understanding and memorizing the complex subject of cardiology easy.

    Special mention to the accompanying audio CD, where the author phonates heart sounds. Using the CD I was able to perfect my clinical skills for the diagnosis of heart murmurs and S3/S4 sounds based on physical examination.

    I believe this book should be part of the curriculum at every cardiology fellowship program around the world. I would go so far as to put this up there with Braunwalds as an essential asset to cardiology education.

  7. mircat – If you just want a good overview of basics

    This book is incredible. I’m a recent PA graduate, and will be going into cardiology. This book has as little or as much detail as you want. If you just want a good overview of basics, you’ll get it with this book. Or if you want to learn more about the in depth diagnostic testing, this is also great. Will be using this book to prepare for my new job!

  8. OKOLI JEREMIAH – I even recommend it for good understanding in USMLE and cardiology preparatory …

    This book is very simplified, topics well arranged with chapters. Each time i start reading i feel never stopping. I even recommend it for good understanding in USMLE and cardiology preparatory board exams. I don’t think i would ever forget things learnt from this great book.

  9. Morzh – Perfect for MS-III/MS-IV’s

    Very well-organized with lots of high yield tables and charts. As the title implies it deals mostly with the clinical findings and management of patients with cardiovascular pathologies. It kind of assumes you already have a good grasp of the pathologies themselves. So if you’re an MS I/II wanting a good overview of cardio for step 1 review, this probably isn’t the best tool. Might want to pick it up anyway, as it will be much more helpful during 3rd/4th years and beyond.

  10. DS – Really does make cardiology look easy

    I am currently a cardiology fellow, soon to be graduating.

    Throughout my medical career, from med student to now, there have been multiple times that I have opened this text book for an explanation of simple ideas to complicated ones. Dr. Chizner does an excellent job making the topic of cardiology “ridiculously simple.” This was probably the only medical textbook I’ve read that didn’t make me want to fall asleep because it doesn’t read like a traditional textbook. It feels like someone is talking to you and actually teaching you something. It does a great job giving the major points of a disease in just a few paragraphs and therefore making it a great, quick and easy reference book as well.

    Simply put, this is one of those textbook that should be in the bookshelf for anyone interested in cardiology.

  11. A.C. – Perfect for me, a new NP!

    Awesome! I am so excited about this book. I am only on chapter one, but let me tell you, it is exactly what I was looking for.

    Here is my story… I am a new nurse practitioner just starting out in cardiology. I have 9 years of experience as a RN; 6 years of critical care (including open heart surgical and post MI pts) and 3 years in home care. While I have some understanding of cardiology, there is so much I have to learn.

    I was searching for a book that could bridge the gap from nursing to advanced practice, but not quite MD level. This is IT! All the books I found prior to this were either over my head or geared toward nursing. I was searching for something in the middle.

    I took the time to read the About the Author, Foreward, and Preface. I don’t normally, but I am glad I did. It provides a good background of who wrote this book and why, who would have thought.

    I hope you find it as beneficial as I have already.

  12. AY – This is one of the greatest cardiology books

    This is one of the greatest cardiology books, written by a true master in the art of medicine. There is much to be learned from this book which provides great insight to everything from the essentials of physical examination to EKGs and evaluation of murmurs. It would be of great benefit to anyone in the academic or clinical setting.

  13. SK – Comprehensive and Concise

    Like one of the posts below, this is my first time ever reviewing something on Amazon. The best thing would be for you to do an actual rotation with Dr. Chizner, but reading the book is a close second. I read this book at the end of my 4th year while doing a rotation with Dr. Chizner. I found the book to be an outstanding review of essentially every key concept, physical exam (particularly with auscultation), medication, and treatment related to cardiology. What is amazing about this book is the breadth of material that is covered so concisely. In addition, key clinical pearls are clearly presented, such as how to identify a benign v.s. a pathologic heart murmur simply by asking the right questions, observing the patient, and listening with your stethoscope. It’s exciting to be able to examine a patient with a heart murmur and then know with confidence that your diagnosis of is correct! This was the perfect book to read before starting my internal medicine residency to review key concepts in medicine and cardiology. I definitely recommend it!

  14. SS – Must have!

    To put it simply, this book is the BEST cardiology book for any medical student, resident, or anyone interested in really learning and understanding the complex topics of cardiology. It breaks down all the topics in simple format and gives you not only the medical approach , but also real life lessons that you might never read in any book but only learn with experience. The questions that were always explained to me in complex ways and I ended up memorizing were simply answered and accompanied with fun visualization. Not to mention it has all the cardiac pharmacology that you will need to know now, for the boards. This book combines the real art of medicine, and auscultation that has been and is being forgotten in most practices with modern medicine ( it even is a good read for internal medicine). I started reading this during my internship and really wished I had read this book when I was studying for my cardio exams during medical school when I spend hours an d hours jumping from one book to another just to be able to get a clear understanding of topics. In addition it comes with a cd that has heart murmurs,EKG, X-ray, clinical scenarios, and quizzes. Amazing book!

  15. Rita – King of hearts!

    This book is amazing!! Clinical cardiology made ridiculously simple is a very thorough yet simple explanation of cardiology. I am a medical student and found this to be an easy read. The way Dr. Chizner is able to start with the very basics and slowly yet consicely build upon this strong foundation provides for a great textbook. The explanations are helpful, the analogies are clever and the illustrations are perfect. I think this was a great addition to my curriculum. It’s simple yet extremely informative and it has provided me with an appreciation for the beauty of the cardiovascular system and a love for the field!

  16. Rohit – The title stands true to it’s message

    Excellent book! This book does a great job of starting off with the basics: the history and physical. These two things are something we often stray away from with the advent of the so called latest and greatest technology. The cardiac physical exam is broken down very well; it provides an excellent approach to cardiac murmurs, which is complemented well by the included CD. It then dives in to interpreting ECGs, chest x-rays and other diagnostic testing. The book shadows the flow of seeing a patient for the very first time and gathering appropriate and focused information. The latter part of the book does a great job of presenting various pathologies that are seen in patients and how to approach these conditions. This book seems to cover every clinical scenario you may encounter in the hospital. I am currently an internal medicine resident and this book has made reading/learning about cardiology so straightforward and enjoyable. It also remains current with the ever-changing world of medicine. I believe this book is great for anybody in any level of training in healthcare. I highly recommend this book and I’m sure I will continue to reference it throughout my career.

  17. John Edwards – Another amazing book in a great series

    Another amazing book in a great series! Dr Chizner does a great job explaining the basics. This has been incredibly helpful as a intern interested in cardiology. Dr Chizner heavily focuses on the clinical aspects of cardiology, especially the physical exam and history taking. His section on murmurs was incredibly helpful. This book also concisely covers the current therapeutic and diagnostic management. I highly recommend this book!

  18. D.R. – “Excellent” Easy to Understand

    I’m a healthcare student and found Dr. Chizner’s book to be practical but yet comprehensive. The book is put together well. He covers every aspect of clinical cardiology in a way that is easy to understand and follow. The book comes with a CD that helps you build on what you have already learned. The CD is a great tool for test preparation as well. Another benefit is that the book is current with new medicines, techniques, and trends in cardiology. This book was a great find and I highly reccomend it.

  19. ASC.ALC.MOM – Fantastic

    Fantastic. A really well thought out and organized book. I do cardiac critical care and this is my best reference guide. Kristina MD

  20. Alfred Montgomery – Great

    Absolutely perfect book fo PAs starting Cardiology practice. A very easy read and very well put together thats covers all areas of clinical cardiology.

  21. David Bryant – Great book!

    Dr Chizner’s passion for medicine shines in this book. By using Dr. Proctor Harvey’s 5 finger clinical approach, the reader is taught the valuable progression in examining a patient. I strongly recommend this book for medical professionals, students at any stage in their medical career, or even those without a medical background wishing to learn more about cardiology. I appreciate that this book goes the extra mile to cover the importance of the stethoscope and human touch. From anatomy, to cardiac pathology, heart murmurs, EKG interpretation, and then putting it all together, Dr. Chizner enlightens the reader on the cardiac profession but more importantly, the art of medicine.

  22. BagelFellow – OUTSTANDING BOOK

    This is a must have book for anyone who wants to learn the art of cardiology in addition to the important clinical concepts. This is a very well written, conscise and easy to understand book. I have a bunch of Cardiology textbooks and they are all unused because I only reach for this book. Since the field of cardiology is constantly growing and changing, I am glad that the editions are updated to include the results from the most recent trials. From medical school to Cardiology fellow, this book continues to amaze me at how much it offers at every level of training. The book is comprehensive and the humor spread throughout the book makes the content easy to read and remember.

    What makes this book different from all my other textbooks is that the author, Dr. Michael Chizner, teaches Cardiology in the way it is supposed to be understood – a form of art. The book has a strong emphasis on history, physical exam findings and using good clinical judgement. The book is filled with methods on how to arrive at the diagnosis using our hands, ears, and mind.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone with a stethoscope and the willingness to learn the art of cardiology.

  23. Darren Young – Outstanding Cardiology Textbook

    Clinical Cardiology Made Ridiculously Simple is a fantastic text that covers the various facets of cardiology, from the pertinent history and physical examination findings to the pathophysiology, workup, and management of various cardiac diseases. One of the greatest features of this book is that it contains information for an advanced knowledge of the field of cardiology, but is easy enough to be read and understood by somebody who has a more basic knowledge of the field. This point is further illustrated by the various cartoon images throughout the book that serve as a visual aid to understanding and reinforcing the most pertinent points (i.e. the pictures depicting a typical decompensated congestive heart failure patient). Dr. Chizner has an immense knowledge of the field of cardiology, which he shares in his easy-to-understand text that has been edited and updated annually with the most recent recommendations based on numerous cardiology trials. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes for an all-around education in the topic of cardiology.

  24. A. Chamoun – One of a kind cardiology reference

    I truly feel this text deserves endless praise. Having personally worked with the author and seen firsthand the amount of work put into maintaining its completeness, I can firmly say that this text is a gem created by a true master clinician. Dr. Chizner is dedicated to maintaining this text in a way that you will rarely see. It is written in a manner that is easy and a pleasure to read, while containing all the most up to date information that you would come to expect from a board review study source. Additionally, you will find charming illustrations on almost every page which really help supplement your learning and provide better visual understanding. As someone who admittedly usually prefers electronic sources such as Up-To-Date over text books, I’ve been utilizing my copy of this text as a reference for topics that I realize I am unfamiliar with. As an example, reading multiple Up-To-Date articles on the broad topic of ‘stress testing’ couldn’t provide me a fraction of the understanding that I acquired from reading the dedicated chapter in the text. It is the complete package and will guide you through cardiac history, physical exam findings, lab tests/ EKG/ imaging, and treatment options. This book is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about clinical cardiology, ranging from the 2nd year medical student all the way to the practicing cardiologist.

  25. Alexey Sorokin- The best Textbook ever for the Cardiovascular Physical Examination

    As a cardiology fellow I find this book the best textbook of physical examination. It is written clearly , explaining all the underlying hemodynamic mechanisms of the different heart sounds normal and pathological in a straightforward way.
    It is an essential textbook of physical examination if you want to pass cardiovascular boards. It covers the fundamentals of the echocardiography , pharmacology of the cardiovascular drugs and addresses the main concepts of the invasive and noninvasive diagnostic modalities. Definite high yield for medical students , residents who want to learn most important concepts of cardiovascular medicine in a short period of time . Highly recommended.

  26. Ravi – Fantastic!

    A must have if you want to learn cardiology the right way! Dr. Chizner in the text breaks down factoids, physiology, pharmacology, tests, and most importantly the physical exam. The clinical pearls surely help weave it all together like the art medicine truly is. I had the privilege of rotating with Dr. Chizner and his amazing colleagues during my 4th year of medical school. This book explains topics ‘simply’ yet very thoroughly and includes the most current advancements/practices in cardiology. Nonetheless, it keeps true to his message that the development of our 6th sense (clinical judgement) is of upmost importance to the patient and the healing process. Dr. Proctor Harvey’s five finger approach as described in the book is as necessary for us in today’s day and age as it ever was, and will for sure make us better clinicians.The book is ideal for all learners and features the symphony of the heart on CD. A great resource to create a foundation for a lifetime of patients and board exams!

  27. AA – Comprehensive, Up to date Review

    Truly a must have for healthcare students and professionals looking to strengthen their understanding of cardiology. This book is a comprehensive guide that not only addresses the most up to date therapies in the field, but also focuses on the proper approach to patients from a clinical perspective using the “five finger approach”. As previously mentioned in countless reviews, a major strength of the book is its ability to take complex concepts and simplify them in an easy to read format. The illustrations, tables and heart sounds in the accompanying CD also help solidify key concepts. The text also serves as an invaluable resource for those prepping for licensing examinations. Highly recommend.

  28. Ryan Nix – Absolutely Amazing!

    So much information in one book!! Written at a level that is so easy to understand!! Should be mandatory reading for any health care provider involved in cardiac care!!

  29. vthietje – Must read

    This book should be required reading for all nursing students. It is illuminating. Easily comprehended, retained, & recalled.

  30. Sharlene Antoine – Cardio Pro

    Excellent book for anyone starting a rotation or job entry level cardiology! Not over your head with medical jargon but appropriate enough to carry you through your intro to Cardiology.

  31. Cort D Thompson – this book is very helpful and easy to understand

    As a PA student, this book is very helpful and easy to understand.

  32. Am. C. – This is a really good resource (not that I will grasp all the concepts

    I am a cardiology RN and bought this to widen my knowledge and close some gaps. This is a really good resource (not that I will grasp all the concepts, mind you–this was written for providers) and I use it for my education requirements for my license.

  33. CC.FNP – Simply Phenominal

    The author should write medical textbooks. This is as simple down and dirty as it gets but does not make you feel short on knowledge after doing your reading. It is one of the BEST books for students I have seen so far. I highly recommend this book.

  34. Pani – Excellent

    Now I don’t usually give 5 stars for no good reason but this book is just outstanding. Suitable for all grades of doctors although it might be a bit too technical for medical students (having said that, I wish I had this book during my cardiology rotation in my medical school, it somehow makes cardiology so much less complex and much more enjoyable). The only person that doesn’t like this book is my wife as for the past couple of weeks (since I bought it), I have been spending more time with the book than with her.

  35. I Am Batman – Great cardiology book for medical students

    After reading a few clinical cardiology texts, I am most satisfied with this one. The purpose of this book is to provide a well-encompassing introduction of cardiology, as practiced today. Don’t mistake this for a pathophysiologic explanation of the cardiovascular system – Lilly’s book is the best introduction for that purpose. The best part about this book is the integration of the history and physical examination. Being able to see exactly which aspects of the history and physical are pertinent to a cardiovascular examination is very useful, especially in presenting a patient to an attending.

  36. LanellKeith – Great book and easy to follow

    Great book and easy to follow. Great explanations and detailed answers in a simplified manner. Perfect for NP’s and nurses as well as positions.

  37. Laurie A. Reimers – Great Book

    I am in school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and this book has been very helpful. A lot of bang for the buck!

  38. GB – Great!!

    Thank you sooooooo much. Amazing book for someone new to cardio. You don’t have to read the chapters in order either. This is my cardio bible.

  39. Lynn Bembenek – Really Good

    Really like this book. Helps me a whole lot in educating myself in the intricacies of cardiology. Very Very pleased

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