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CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics
Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine
Hurst's The Heart
CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment: Cardiology, 3e
Chapter 1. Approach to Cardiac Disease Diagnosis
General Considerations, Physical Findings.
The patient's history is a critical feature in the evaluation of suspected or overt heart disease. It includes information about the present illness, past illnesses, and the patient's family. From this information, a chronology of the patient's disease process should be constructed. Determining what information in the history is useful requires a detailed knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiac disease. The effort spent on listening to the patient is time well invested because the cause of cardiac disease is often discernible from the history...."
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