A heart disease textbook is in the works.
The first edition of the Heart Disease textbook, which is expected to hit shelves in the spring, is based on research by researchers at University College London, and has been translated by the Heart Foundation into seven languages.
The Heart Foundation, which runs the project, has raised more than £2 million for the textbook, the BBC reported.
The researchers behind the new textbook are Daniel T. Wilson, who has led the study of blood pressure and heart disease at UCL, and David H. Waddington, a lecturer in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Liverpool.
They are aiming to create a comprehensive text that will be useful for patients, their families, doctors and researchers, and is expected be published this year.
“This textbook is the first step towards creating a new, comprehensive and easily accessible source of information for doctors and patients,” said Wilson.
“We hope that it will encourage more clinicians to work together to deliver this important health service.”
“It will also help inform the development of new treatments for cardiovascular diseases,” Waddingham said.
The new Heart Foundation textbook will be aimed at both patients and researchers.
“The aim is to provide a robust and accurate guide to the current state of knowledge in heart disease and the development and future of new interventions, which can help to prevent and treat heart disease in the future,” Wilson told Reuters Health.
“These will include treatments that are already available and will be effective at lowering the risk of heart disease.”
The text will cover basic and clinical aspects of the heart disease, such as risk factors, treatment, prevention and management.
It will include articles from leading researchers in the field, including Professors Waddham, Wilson, Dr Daniel W. Kahan, Professor David J. Pape and Professor Thomas J. Gorman, the head of the UCL Cardiovascular Institute.
It is expected the textbook would be printed in the UK, and the research team are working to make sure that is the case.
“It’s a very exciting project,” said Dr Richard H. Macdonald, the Heart Institute’s president and CEO.
“There’s no doubt that we’ve taken a major step forward in understanding the mechanisms of the disease.
This textbook offers the latest, most comprehensive and accurate information on heart disease to help clinicians, patients and the public to make informed choices about their health.”