Cardiovascular Health Care Economics

  • William S. Weintraub

Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xiii-xiii
    2. Steven D. Culler, Adam Atherly
      Pages 1-14
    3. Edmund R. Becker
      Pages 45-62
    4. Stephen J. Boccuzzi
      Pages 63-79
    5. John A. Spertus, Mark W. Conard
      Pages 81-99
    6. John A. Spertus, Robert F. Nease Jr.
      Pages 101-110
    7. Robert F. Nease Jr.
      Pages 111-121
    8. Elizabeth M. Mahoney, Haitao Chu
      Pages 123-156
  3. Clinical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N1-N1
    2. Kevin A. Schulman, Padma Kaul
      Pages 157-172
    3. David J. Cohen, Ameet Bakhai
      Pages 187-221
    4. Sean C. Beinart, William S. Weintraub
      Pages 233-248
    5. Vinod H. Thourani, William S. Weintraub
      Pages 249-258
    6. Mikhail Torosoff, Claude-Laurent Sader, Edward F. Philbin III
      Pages 259-283
    7. Leslee J. Shaw, Rita Redberg, Charles Denham
      Pages 285-301
    8. David J. Malenka, Edward Catherwood
      Pages 303-328
    9. Wolfgang C. Winkelmayer, David J. Cohen, Marc L. Berger, Peter J. Neumann
      Pages 329-356
    10. Tammy O. Tengs, Nicholas P. Emptage
      Pages 357-363
    11. Rajiv Shah, Kevin G. M. Volpp
      Pages 365-387
  4. Afterword

    1. William S. Weintraub
      Pages 417-419
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 421-436

About this book


Given the limited ability of government to fund health care and the staggering cost of cardiovascular disease to society-an estimated $351.8 billion for 2003 in direct medical costs and lost productivity-critical choices must be made to reduce the burden of cardiovascular health care and minimize its collateral losses. In an illuminating synthesis of methodological and clinical studies, Cardiovascular Health Care Economics shows how costs can be established, how the value of clinical outcomes can be assessed, and how difficult choices can be rationally made. In the methodological chapters, well-known experts review the conceptual and practical issues involved in estimating and interpreting health care costs, making health status and utility assessments, and statistically analyzing cost-effectiveness and clinical trials. The clinical chapters apply these methods to the major clinical areas of cardiology-primary prevention of coronary artery disease, acute coronary syndromes, angioplasty vs coronary bypass surgery, CABG vs medicine, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and cardiac surgery. Additional chapters consider the use of economic studies for policy purposes and the future of Medicare under a balanced budget in an aging America.
Comprehensive and timely, Cardiovascular Health Care Economics offers today's cardiologists, administrators, policymakers, and investigators an enlightening introduction and up-to-date reference to cardiovascular health care economics, as well as a sound basis for making the good choices that will assure continued access to high-quality health care in the decades to come.


Bypass arrhythmia cardiology cardiovascular coronary artery disease coronary heart disease heart heart disease heart failure

Editors and affiliations

  • William S. Weintraub
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of CardiologyEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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