There are fifteen chapters written by experts in the field. The pathology of coronary heart disease, heart failure, valvular disease, arrhythmias, congenital heart disease and inherited cardiovascular conditions are all discussed in great detail. Whilst tailoring nursing assessment and interventions to the care of patients with heart disease, the textbook emphasises high quality holistic care taking account of the needs of patients with complex comorbidities, as well as their families. The imperative of prevention and rehabilitation in terms of both primary and secondary prevention is described as well as educational, behavioural and therapeutic interventions. The epidemiology of cardiovascular disease is covered including disease burden and inequalities across European regions. Chapters devoted to education and communication and pharmacology are also included and the book concludes with a chapter which discusses the future challenges and opportunities for nurses in addition to the
evolution of nursing in cardiovascular care.
The target readership of the textbook are nurses entering cardiovascular specialisation and university students undertaking specialist courses in cardiovascular care. The hope of the editors is that the textbook inspires readers to ask questions, search for answers and become the best cardiovascular nurses they can be. There is a strong body of evidence showing that educational provision for nurses increases patient safety and saves lives, the ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Nursing aims to be an essential part of this provision.