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New Book Helps Pharmacists Play Larger Role In Heart Health

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As more Americans fall victim to cardiovascular disease each year, and more and more drug treatments are available, pharmacists can play an increasingly critical role in medication choices and treatment plans. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) new book, Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy: A Point-of-Care Guide, by Michael Crouch, Pharm.D., FASHP, BCPS, is being released in February, to coincide with American Heart Month.
This concise reference provides pharmacists and students with a quick way to access necessary clinical and therapeutic information that has the potential to improve the lives of patients suffering from cardiovascular disease.
"The stakes are very high when treating heart disease and treatment decisions sometimes have to be made very quickly to save lives," said Crouch. "I created this book so pharmacists can quickly find the life-saving information they need." Crouch is professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at South University School of Pharmacy.
The book includes:
- Quick reference elements such as tables and flow figures;
- Assessments of pharmacological and non-pharmacological considerations;
- Selected guideline statements from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and other leading organizations;
- Evidence-based treatment algorithms; and
- Recent clinical controversies.
In addition, the book features a point-of-care drug table with essential details for clinic or bedside reference, such as monitoring parameters, known interactions, and common adverse drug events. Purchasers will also have access to a website updated by the book's editor, which features a quarterly newsletter, printable drug monographs, and even Shockwave presentations to help pharmacists stay up-to-date on all the guidelines, news, and drug classifications.
About the Authors
Michael Crouch, PharmD, is professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at South University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Crouch is an accomplished educator, clinician, and researcher. He has dedicated much of his career to educating pharmacy trainees and has received numerous teaching awards. He is an authority on cardiovascular pharmacotherapeutics and provides numerous national presentations in his area of expertise. Dr. Crouch is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, who also holds added qualifications in cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and an active member of ASHP, AACP, and ACCP.
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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