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Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography: Expert Consult - Online and Print, 4e [Hardcover]

Catherine M. Otto MD FACC FAHA
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July 30, 2009 1416055592 978-1416055594 4
The fourth edition of Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography presents an accessible primer on this complex topic from Dr. Catherine Otto, one of the foremost teachers and writers in the field. You'll find straightforward explanations of the basics of ultrasound physics, image acquisition, and all the major techniques and major disease categories, as well as the latest on advanced echo techniques-such as contrast echo, 3D echo, and myocardial mechanics (strain rate imaging, speckle tracking, and synchrony). Each chapter-including a new one on intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography-features a practical outline called The Echo Exam, ideal for understanding the use of echo and its outcomes. State-of-the-art echo images are complemented by full-color comparative drawings of heart structures. And now, you can access the full text online thanks to Expert Consult functionality.
  • Covers all main diseases, including adult congenital heart disease, with a problem-based approach to echocardiography.
  • Reviews basic principles for evaluation, the echocardiographic approach, differential diagnosis, limitations, and technical considerations for each disease, as well as alternate diagnostic approaches.
  • Enables you to perform procedures correctly and recognize inadequate data with coverage of technical details for data acquisition and limitations of each echocardiographic approach.
  • Emphasizes alternative diagnostic approaches to help you solve clinical problems when echocardiography does not provide a definitive answer.
  • Includes The Echo Exam (a brief summary of how to do it, the necessary calculations, diagnosis and examples) as an appendix for review and reinforcement.
  • Features a new chapter dedicated to intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, cross-referenced with other chapters, for coverage of this important and difficult technique.
  • Covers myocardial mechanics-strain rate imagine, speckle tracking, and synchrony-in the advanced modalities, in addition to contrast and 3D echo.
  • Integrates TTE and TEE images more explicitly into each chapter to discuss the two techniques in parallel and give you clear explanations of the pros, cons, and the role of each modality in patient evaluation.
  • Includes new digital images throughout-with more TEE, more echocardiograms, and color diagrams-so you can easily identify cardiac problems.
  • Presents the latest ASE recommendations for chamber quantification, including updated tables of normal measurements, for convenient reference.
  • Provides online access to the full text of the book through Expert Consult functionality.

Your purchase entitles you to access the web site until the next edition is published, or until the current edition is no longer offered for sale by Elsevier, whichever occurs first. If the next edition is published less than one year after your purchase, you will be entitled to online access for one year from your date of purchase. Elsevier reserves the right to offer a suitable replacement product (such as a downloadable or CD-ROM-based electronic version) should online access to the web site be discontinued.

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Catherine M. Otto, MD, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology; Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program; Co-Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic; Associate Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Expert Consult
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 4 edition (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416055592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416055594
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Otto is the J. Ward Kennedy-Hamilton Endowed Chair in Cardiology, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Heart Valve Clinic at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Otto is recognized as an expert on calcific aortic valve disease. Dr. Otto's research has transformed our understanding of this disease process, showing that it is an active disease process that may be amenable to medical therapy, rather than being an inevitable consequence of aging. Her research on the aortic valve includes validation of noninvasive measures of disease severity, the first prospective study of disease progression, immunohistologic studies establishing the cellular and molecular mechanisms of valve disease, epidemiologic studies defining the clinical risk factors associated with calcific valve disease and a landmark study demonstrating that even mild valve thickening, called aortic sclerosis, is associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes.

In addition, Dr. Otto is the author of several cardiology books: The Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography (5th Edition), The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography (4rd Edition), Valvular Heart Disease (4rd Edition, co-edited by Robert O. Bonow, MD), Atlas of Intraoperative Echocardiography (with Don Oxorn) and the Echocardiography Review Guide ( 2nd Edition with Rosario Freeman and Becky Schwaegler). She is a Cardiology Editor-in-Chief for the online medical textbook Up-to-Date and recently was appointed Editor in Chief of the journal Heart.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful but waiting for the new edition July 9, 2000
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I found this book is useful for all the cardiology trainee as it is well written, easy to understood and there is many figures. However, it did not mention the new technology in the field of echocardiography such as the tissue doppler, contrast echo. I hope the next edition will include this and the illustrations will be more colorful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful extra book. January 3, 2007
It is always OK to use more than one book for study of a subject but for ECHO Feigenbaums is the bible. The 6th edition is a great book and DVD-ROM. Recommended for all levels of echocardiologists.

Ottos book is a helpful extra book. If you want to stick to one book get Feigenbaum's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CV Anesthesiologist November 3, 2006
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Well written and easy to understand. Many TTE references are less useful to a beginner in TEE without much TTE experience.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best February 19, 2012
This book has always been regarded as the 'bible' of echocardiography. I disagree. Although it is very comprehensive, I have found a few errors (either in formulas or diagrams) throughout the book. This is very disturbing as it should not happen in a book as highly regarded as this. For someone who is learning echocardiography, this book is not written in a way easiest to understand. Often, description are complex and bit around the bush. I had to re-write some parts to make it easier to comprehend. Coupled with the errors found, I have wasted considerable amount of time to make the best of this book. An echocardiography expert could have easily pointed out the errors. For a learner, when the formulas/diagram don't match or make sense, one often spend hours trying to work out why, look up in google etc, only to find that it is an error in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great August 27, 2013
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I like it because it's possible to color in pictures. It's a great book and gives really good pictures and examples. Makes it super easy to understand.
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This book was one of the required textbooks for my Cardiac ultrasound program. It is well written and concise, with an explanation of basic principals of each pathology, and even technical details. The illustrations are also very nice. A very good addition is at the end; she added a "Echo Exam", which also includes important calculations. I recommend this book for fellow cardiac sonography students as well as cardiology fellows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Older edition February 11, 2012
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Has all the necessary information about echo as long as your not looking to read about 3-D. For the price, its worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. June 19, 2011
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Pictures are awesome. The reading is not the easiest for the normal everyday person, but it is very informative. Love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Otto
I purchased this book in Dec. of 2011 as it was a required text for my Echo Program I began in 2012. Read more
Published 18 months ago by jvic
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect book
I got a very nice textbook of clinical echocardiography as expected. This book is a complete new one at a relative good price. The shipping speed also very quick. Thanks!!!
Published on June 18, 2012 by Lira
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many words !
If you prefer to learn echo in a speedy way, this would not be a best option. Too many words without equal amount of pictures to illustrate. Read more
Published on December 6, 2010 by Marvin Cheung
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't get the item
This order was considered undeliverable and once I tried it to be reshiped I faced many difficulties. I'm still waiting for the vendor send me a refund on it.
Published on December 4, 2010 by Walt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, Must if you are taking Echo boards
The layout and the text itself is very methodical and organized.

The images and online support website which has e-text is awesome to import and use images for... Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by H. Nagarajarao
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Good book for new cardiology fellows. Gives good over view of practical aspects of echo.
Published on October 6, 2010 by csr
4.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook
This is a great textbook for reference purposes as well as a study guide for the registry. The images are great. Read more
Published on September 16, 2010 by christyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good purchase
I like very much Dr. Otto's books. She was in Brazil last month and I saw her new book. I decided to buy it by the Amazon because I recieved it in my place; I can paid by credit... Read more
Published on July 1, 2010 by Carmem Ribeiro
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