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MGH Cardiology Board Review

  • Hanna K. Gaggin
  • James L. Januzzi, Jr.
  • Concise, accurate and up-to-date

  • Emphasis is on rapid reference with content designed to be easy to access key information

  • From a hugely well-respected source, the Massachusetts General Hospital


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Hanna K. Gaggin, Douglas E. Drachman, Douglas E. Drachman, Douglas E. Drachman
    Pages 1-22
  3. Pradeep Natarajan, Farouc A. Jaffer, Marc S. Sabatine, Marc S. Sabatine
    Pages 49-66
  4. Rodrigo M. Lago, Thomas A. LaMattina
    Pages 67-85
  5. William J. Kostis, Randall M. Zusman, Randall M. Zusman
    Pages 86-104
  6. Shriram Nallamshetty, Jorge Plutzky, Jorge Plutzky
    Pages 105-119
  7. Paul L. Huang, Paul L. Huang
    Pages 120-132
  8. Imad Ahmado, Gaurav A. Upadhyay, Henry Gewirtz, Henry Gewirtz
    Pages 133-152
  9. Farhad Abtahian, Ik-Kyung Jang, Ik-Kyung Jang
    Pages 153-173
  10. Jay S. Giri, Jay S. Giri, Joseph M. Garasic, Joseph M. Garasic
    Pages 174-186
  11. David M. Dudzinski, Eric M. Isselbacher, Eric M. Isselbacher, Eric M. Isselbacher
    Pages 187-204
  12. Lauren G. Gilstrap, Malissa J. Wood, Malissa J. Wood
    Pages 205-223
  13. Jackie Szymonifka, Brian C. Healy, Brian C. Healy
    Pages 224-237
  14. Kimberly A. Parks, James L. Januzzi Jr., James L. Januzzi Jr.
    Pages 238-254
  15. Gabriel Sayer, Marc J. Semigran, Marc J. Semigran
    Pages 255-270
  16. Sammy Elmariah, James L. Januzzi Jr., James L. Januzzi Jr., Aidan W. Flynn, Praveen Mehrotra, Igor F. Palacios et al.
    Pages 271-297
  17. Rory B. Weiner, Aaron L. Baggish, Aaron L. Baggish
    Pages 298-309
  18. Ravi V. Shah, Ron Blankstein, Gregory D. Lewis, Gregory D. Lewis
    Pages 310-328
  19. Timothy C. Tan, Judy W. Hung, Judy W. Hung
    Pages 329-337

About this book


Preparing for the cardiology board examination is an intensely stressful period and traditionally relies on the participant searching through their own references, whether that be the large textbooks, small handbooks and their own notes.  Good books are generally too long and time-consuming, while shorter books are either insubstantial in content or rely too much on the views of one author. The key elements for a successful reference for those taking their boards are a balanced proportion of essential content alongside rare but frequently tested topics, the wisdom of experts in the field, a practical questions session at the end of every topic and additional visuals not possible on the two-dimensional page. 

In the MGH Cardiology Board Review, the Editors have compiled the expertise of over 72 experienced authors from the Mass General in a succinct volume, applying methods thoroughly tested in the Board Review Conference.  In addition, two very important sections are included on ECGs and images, contents of which are derived from the board examination answer keys, the very ones that readers are expected to know.  Plans on how to best approach the board examination preparation and what additional resources to go to are provided.  In short, this book has all the strengths to ensure your success on the boards exam.   


Cardiology training

Editors and affiliations

  • Hanna K. Gaggin
    • 1
  • James L. Januzzi, Jr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Cardiology Division Yawkey Building 5B, Room 5850Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Cardiology Division Yawkey Building, Suite 5984Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

About the editors

Dr. Hanna K. Gaggin is a cardiologist, educator and clinical research scientist specializing in the application of biology-based science and evidence-based medicine in the comprehensive risk assessment and risk reduction of patients with a broad array of cardiovascular diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS), Boston, MA.


Dr. Gaggin received her medical degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School and received her clinical training at the University of Virginia Health System for her Internal Medicine residency and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for her cardiology fellowship, where she served as Associate Chief Fellow for Education and the Director of the Cardiology Board Review Conference.  She completed an MPH with a concentration in Quantitative Methods at the Harvard School of Public Health to focus on evidence-based research methods and clinical practice. During her clinical research fellowship at MGH, she received the Ruth and James Clark Fund for Cardiac Research Innovation award, an award to advance novel approaches in the evaluation and treatment of cardiovascular patients.


Since joining the faculty at MGH and HMS, Dr. Gaggin has provided wide-ranging cardiovascular care and quality education material for physicians and patients. She is the lead co-editor of the MGH Cardiology Board Review book, which features the expertise of over 70 faculty members and fellows at MGH and HMS. In addition, she has authored numerous review articles and book chapters for high-tier journals and preeminent textbooks. Dr. Gaggin is an expert in the field of cardiac biomarkers, focusing on the use of biomarkers in heart failure patients. Her expertise and innovations in clinical research have garnered her national and international recognition for excellence.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title MGH Cardiology Board Review
  • Editors Hanna K. Gaggin
    James L. Januzzi, Jr.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-4482-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-4483-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVI, 633
  • Number of Illustrations 183 b/w illustrations, 77 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cardiology
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From the reviews:


“It aims to summarize and review the most important concepts asked on the ABIM certification and recertification examination on cardiovascular diseases. It is intended for physicians in training and practice who are preparing for the cardiology boards. … This is a well-structured, concise review that covers the most high-yield topics in cardiology, with a particular focus on board preparation. It is well positioned to become the backbone of any cardiologist’s preparation for the exams.” (Alban De Schutter, Doody’s Book Reviews, February, 2014)