"The work focuses on a phenomenon that is occurring with increasing frequency in the practice of cardiac surgery, namely the need to address cardiac surgical issues in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD)...this book will serve to stimulate trials of competing and complementary therapies so that the outcomes for these unfortunate patients can be improved." -- from the Foreword by R. Morton Boltman, III, MD Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Cardiovascular disease remains the most common cause of death for patients with chronic renal failure, and although cardiac surgery can frequently relieve symptoms and prolong survival, it is still associated with significant complications. This concise volume draws on the expertise of leading specialists to help practitioners and trainees understand the full range of current treatment options and their outcomes. Noted authorities such as Charles A. Herzog and William Cohn share both their insights and their technical tips, developed through years of experience.
Cardiac Surgery in Chronic Renal Failure includes chapters on: * the impact of ESRD in society * percutaneous coronary revascularization in ESRD patients * cardiopulmonary bypass in patients with chronic renal failure * coronary bypass grafting in ESRD patients requiring dialysis * surgical treatment of valvular heart disease in ESRD patients * surgical evaluation and treatment of uremic pericarditis Practicing nephrologists and cardiologists, as well as residents and fellows, will find this important volume serves as a guide to achieving the best possible outcomes and a call to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease in ESRD.