I would like to express my gratitude to the authors and editors who pioneered the production of previous edition Heart Secrets and the other Secrets of this hugely successful series. I would like to thank Barbara Cicalese for her excellent editorial assistance, without which this book would never have been, and also to James Merritt, who made the green cover of the edition. this.

I would like to thank the more than 60 authors who, despite being very busy teaching and clinically, spent so much time contributing to this book without that contribution this book would not have been possible. currently available.

I would also like to personally thank the following people:

  • Gary Balady, Joseph Vita, Alice Jacobs, Scott Flamm, and Doug Mann who are both mentors and role models for me to follow.
  • My parents, who supported me from school to practice, and inspired me.
  • Lydia, who has always had an optimistic and positive outlook on people and life, is a role model to me
  • and Sasha and Ginger, who have been loyal companions for many long nights of writing and editing this book, always by my side (and often at my feet).


My hope is that this book will help train medical staff in an engaging, interactive, engaging and interesting way in the optimal evaluation and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and through this. , will help ensure that all heart patients receive optimal treatments and interventions from prevention, medication to device use. I am very pleased to receive comments and suggestions from readers, all comments please send to: glevine@bcm.tmc.edu.


This book is dedicated to Lyndia, who has always had an optimistic and positive outlook on others and about life, who inspired me to be a better person, and to our daughters. Sasha and Ginger, my close companions, have been writing and editing this book during many long nights (though they often play rather than sit still and watch me write and edit!).

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