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LIBRARY GUIDE TO MDM1 9121 - Cardiovascular

Pathophysiology of Heart Disease: A Collaborative Project of Medical Students and Faculty, 6th Edition by Leonard S. Lilly, 2016.

RECOMMENDED BASIC SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS: At least 2 print copies of all required and recommended textbooks are available in the Medical Library Quiet Study Room (KL 102) for in-library use only.
Netter's Cardiology, 2nd Edition edited by Marshcall S. Runge, George A. Stouffer, & Cam Patterson, 2010. Provides a concise overview of cardiovascular anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management in addition to images in the Netter tradition. Downloadable pdfs of each chapter are also available.


Physiology of the Heart, 5th Edition by Arnold M. Katz, 2011. This edition provides a comprehensive overview of the physiological and biophysical basis of cardiac function, including structure, biochemistry, biophysics, and pathophysiology in arrhythmias, ischemia, and heart failure. The interrelationships of basic processes among the cell, cardiac muscle function, and the biophysics of contractile and electrical behavior are particularly emphasized.

Cardiovasuclar Physiology, 7th Edition by David E Mohrman and Lois Jane Heller, 2010. Targets beginning medical students and seeks to enhance their understanding of the basic princples of the cardiovascular system. Also included are study questions at the end of each chapter!


Hurst's the Heart, 13th Edition by Valentin Fuster, Richard A. Walsh, & Robert A. Harrington, 2011. Features a comprehensive overview of cardiovascular topics, including clinical advances in cardiology, evidence-based medicine, health outcomes, and health care quality.

Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Cardiology
, 3rd Edition by Michael M. Crawford, 2009. Provides the essetial knowledge for diagnosing and managing cardiovascular disease and covers the major diseases and their challenges.

The AHA Guidelines and Scientific Statements Handbook edited by Valentin Fuster, 2009. From the American Heart Association, this eBook guides practitioners through the key AHA guidelines, statements, and performance measures.

Rapid Interpretation of EKGs, 6th Edition by Dale Dubin, 2000. This essential text covers the basic principles of interpreting EKGs, including recording, heart rhythm and rate as well as monitoring for conditions such as hypertrophy and infarction and in premature infants.

Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 10th Edition edited by Robert O. Bonow, Douglas L. Mann, Douglas P. Zipes, and Peter Libby, 2015. Provides comprehensive information on contemporary cardiology issues, including molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology, electrophysiology, and interventional cardiology. Downloadable pdfs of each chapter are also available.

The following titles are companions to Braunwald's Heart Disease:
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MedlinePlus - Blood, Heart and Circulation includes a variety of topics related to the cardiovascular system. Look for plain language summaries, videos, images, and links to non-profit and government agencies.

American Heart Association features information for patients on heart conditions, nutrition, exercise, cholesterol, and more! 

National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute includes informational materials for health professionals, patients, educational campaign information, and more!
Question Banks:
Board Vitals: 185 questions availabe in the cardiovasuclar system. To access: Register for a free account using your Oakland email address and follow the email confirmation instructions.

ExamMaster Online: 122 questions available on the cardiovascular system

USMLE Easy: 602 Step 1 Exam-style questions available on the cardiovascular system

eBooks & Websites:
Case Files: Cardiology: includes 30 practice clinical cases and accompanying questions in cardiology topics

Cardiovascular Physiology Concepts Website developed by Richard E. Klabunde (same author as your recommended textbook). Includes quizzes and tutorials, glossary, and summaries of concepts in cardiovascular physiology.

Cardiovascular Pharmacology Concepts A sister-site to Cardiovasuclar Physiology Concepts by Richard E. Klabunde. Includes summaries on clinical disorders and therapeutic classes in addition to tutorials on cardiovascular drugs.

First Aid for the Basic Sciences - Organ Systems: Chapter 1 reviews the cardiovascular system.
  • 5  print reference copies also available in the Medical Library Quiet Study Room

Kaplan medEssentials for the USMLE Step 1, 4th Edition: Chapter 2 reviews the cardiovascular system.
  • Location: 2 reference copies available in the Medical Library Quiet Study Room
USMLE Step 1 Secrets: Chapter 1 reviews cardiology
  • 2 print reference copies also available in the Medical Library Quiet Study Room
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