Oxford Handbook of Cardiac Nursing (2nd edition)

Kate Olson
Oxford Handbooks in Nursing

Fully revised and updated for the second edition, the Oxford Handbook of Cardiac Nursing is the ultimate companion for all those caring for cardiac patients. Systematically covering all the main areas of cardiac nursing, it is packed full of clinical information and practical advice. This new edition now includes expanded information on prevention of cardiovascular disease and heart disease in pregnancy, as well as the latest resuscitation guidelines, protocols, and clinical information. The handbook covers assessment, investigation, treatment, rehabilitation, and pharmacological interventions, and new illustrations and diagrams have been added throughout to aid clarity of information. Although a large part of the handbook focuses on caring for patients with coronary heart disease, many other cardiovascular problems such as valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease, and cardiomyopathies are covered. Designed to be used on the ward, in the community, and for studying and revision, it contains expert guidance, written by experienced nurses and teachers. The book is specifically laid out to enable quick access to precise, targeted information, and covers the vast majority of clinical scenarios. Unique and indispensable, the Oxford Handbook of Cardiac Nursing offers a wealth of information at your fingertips.


1. Introduction: prevention of cardiovascular disease
2. Cardiac assessment
3. Cardiac investigations
4. Valvular disease
5. Infective endocarditis
6. Coronary heart disease: stable angina
7. Acute coronary syndromes (ACS)
8. Interventional cardiology for coronary heart disease
9. Cardiac surgery
10. Chronic heart failure
11. Bradycardias and blocks
12. Tachycardias
13. Electrophysiology
14. Congenital heart disease and inherited cardiac dis-orders
15. Cardiomyopathy
16. Other cardiac problems
17. Cardiac rehabilitation
18. Cardiovascular emergencies
19. Cardiovascular drugs


Kate Olson (nee Johnson) has worked in cardiac nursing since 1989, working in a variety of cardiac settings such as coronary care, cardiac intensive care, cardiac surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. She moved into higher education in 1998 and has been running cardiac courses for qualified nurses since then. In 2005 she was asked to help set up a national cardiac nursing journal which commenced in January 2006. She has recently been the Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, and continues to take an active role on the editorial board.