ADULT CARDIOLOGY EXAM PREPARATION
WHERE SHOULD I START?
This section of the Website contains useful material developed by trainees that can serve as studying and reference tools to help you prepare for the Royal College Adult Cardiology examinations. The information provided are summaries from popular adult cardiology textbooks as well as from the CCS, ACC/AHA and ESC guidelines in addition to interesting recent review articles published in cardiology journals. A table of contents is provided as a guide to the different topics to review prior to the exams.
Table of Contents Summaries by topics
- History and physical Exam
Noninvasive and invasive diagnostic testing modalities
- Treadmill test
- Nuclear medicine
- Cardiac CT
- Transthoracic echocardiography
- Coronary angiography
- Formulas: cardiac output (Fick), mitral valve area, aortic valve area, pulmonary resistance, systemic resistance
- HF with low ejection fraction (HFLEF)
- HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF)
- CRT, mitral-clip, VAD
- Mechanical support (temporary and permanent)
- Inclusion criteria
- Endomyocardial fibrosis
Coronary artery disease
- Stable angina
- Unstable angina
- Complications of an ACS
- Mechanical support
- Pharmacological treatment
- Atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
- Atrioventricular septal defects (AVSD)
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
- Bicuspid aortic valve
- Coarctation of the aorta
- LVOT obstructions
- Ebstein’s anomaly
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- RVOT obstructions
- Transposition of great arteries (TGA)
- Congenitally corrected transposition of great arteries (CCTA)
- Eisenmenger’s syndrome
- Single ventricle
- Palliative shunts
- Pott and Waterston
- Fontan operation
- Antibiotic prophylaxis
- Smoking cessation
Pregnancy and cardiomyopathy
Valvular disease – native and prosthetic valves
- Congenital disease
- Acute pericarditis
- Pericardial effusion
- Constrictive pericarditis
- Supraventricular arrhythmias
- Ventricular arrhythmias
- Devices – ICD, pacemaker, CRT
- Antiarrhythmic drugs
- Thoracic aortic disease
- Marfan syndrome
- Turner syndrome
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Antiplatelet therapy
- Chemotherapy and cardiotoxicity
- Inotropes and vasopressors
Cases & examples
- Angiographic cases
- Pressure curves
- Nuclear medicine
Useful websites references
http://www.learntheheart.com - general review
http://www.achd-library.com - congenital diseases
Robert O. Bonow et al. Braunwald’s Heart Disease Cardiology. 9th edition, Elsevier Saunders, 2012.
Brian Griffin et al. Cleveland Clinic Board Review. 2nd edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.
Michael A. Chizner. Clinical cardiology made ridiculously simple. 3rd edition, Medmaster Inc. 2010.
Jules Constant. Essentials of bedside cardiology. 2nd edition, Humana press, 2003.
Mayo cardiovascular review course for cardiology boards and recertification (DVD).
Bory Surawicz and Timothy K. . 6th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2008.
Serge Barold et al. Cardiac pacemakers and resynchronization step-by-step. 2nd edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Hein J. Wellens and Mary Conover. The ECG in emergency decision-making
. 2nd edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2006.
Miguel A. Barrero Garcia, Paul Khairy, Laurent Macle and Stanley Nattel. Electrophysiology for clinicians. 1st edition, Cardiotext publishinig, 2011.
Mauro Moscucci. Grossman’s cardiac catheterization, angiography and intervention. 8th edition, Wolters Kluwer health, LPWW, 2014.
Morton J. Kern. The cardiac catheterization handbook. 5th edition, Elservier Saunders, 2011.
Réda Ibrahim, Alexis Matteau and Nicolo Piazza. Le bilan hémodynamique par cathétérisme cardiaque. 1st edition, Les presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2009.
Michael A. Gatzoulis et al. Diagnosis and management of adult congenital heart disease. 2nd edition, Elsevier Saunders, 2011.
Jae K. Oh et al. The Echo manual. 3rd edition, Wolters Kluwer health, LPWW, 2007.
Cahterine Otto. Textbook of clinical echocardiography. 4th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2009.