editore: Taylor & Francis Ltd
After half a century of doubt and debate, dyslipidemia has at last been accepted by cardiologists and the medical community at large as a major, treatable cause of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. A number of guidelines have been issued on the management of dyslipidemia in preventing coronary heart disease. A working knowledge of the various types of dyslipidemia and their treatment is highly relevant to modern medicine, with its accent on prevention. This book, written by a general practitioner, an epidemiologist, and a lipidologist, provides a broad and up-to-date perspective of dyslipidemia and is chiefly intended for use in primary care. It details normal lipid metabolism, describes the genetic and acquired causes of dyslipidemia and reviews the evidence that the latter is a risk factor for vascular disease. Most of the book, however, is devoted to the practicalities of screening, risk assessment and management of dyslipidemia in everyday clinical practice, including chapters summarizing current guidelines, the importance of diet and the role of lipid-lowering drugs. Cardiologists, general practitioners and pharmacists will find this volume indispensable.