Cardiac Nursing: The Red Reference Book for Cardiac Nurses, Seventh Edition

Author: By Perpetua, DNP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, AACC, et al.
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Date Published: 2021
Pages: 943
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Expiration Date: 12/31/2025

Pilot Nurse Comments from Section A:

C.C., South Carolina RN, BSN

  • Textbook: Excellent textbook!
  • Test: The test is fair and follows a logical flow.
  • Anything Else: While taking the test, I found myself eager to read the text. I have gained a lot of knowledge from this portion of the course. This is an excellent study. I have over 35 years of experience in critical care and still found the information informative and interesting.

S.E., California RN, BSN, CCRN

  • Textbook: Very detailed pathophysiology in early chapters sometimes made the reading hard to follow. I needed to reread parts in order to fully understand.
  • Anything Else: Very good. Would recommend for adult cardiac nurses that have been in that unit for over a year. I learned new and interesting things. It was hard to read about the “aging” changes that take place to our cardiovascular system since I am one of those “aging” people.

J.E.: Virginia RN

  • Textbook: It is thorough with excellent references. I enjoyed the tables, diagrams, etc.
  • Anything Else: It is very effective in learning cardiac nursing. Highly recommended.

K.H., California RN, CCRN 

  • Textbook: I liked the textbook. It was easy to read and had good pictures and diagrams.
  • Test: Some questions were a little bit harder to find in the text.
  • Anything Else: Good review and update for ICU RNs.

L. H., New Mexico RN, MSN, CNE, CCRN-K, CHSE

  • Textbook: Excellent textbook. Very thorough.
  • Anything Else: I love the book so far. Very detailed. I am learning a lot of new things.

C.M., California RN, BSN, CPAN

  • Textbook: It was excellent. I applaud the authors for their research and expertise!
  • Test: Well-written and relevant.
  • Anything Else: One of the best cardiology courses I have taken in many years. Very in-depth. This is an excellent course. It includes a much more in-depth study of the heart than I have had before. So much new research and new treatment modalities included – I loved it!

S.R., Michigan RN, BSN

  • Textbook: Very comprehensive information and advanced level of information. Much deeper content level than is necessary for bedside nurses.
  • Test: The test questions captured the important content areas.

L.S., Iowa RN, BSN, CCM

  • Textbook: I particularly liked the case studies in the book. I didn’t use them for the quiz but thought they were very good scenarios and could envision them being used for teaching the material.
  • Anything Else: I would recommend this to anyone working in ICU, cardiology, telemetry, and Cath labs. I felt in the material in the first several chapters, the quiz questions were moderately difficult but perhaps that’s because my work doesn’t require me to get down to the very specific details. As the book continued, I liked renewing my cardiac knowledge.

C.V., Florida RN, CCRN

  • Textbook: Excellent reference.
  • Test: Exam did a great job following the text.
  • Anything Else: Comprehensive review. Excellent reference for cardiac nursing. I would recommend this for an experienced cardiac nurse.

W.W., California RN, CCRN (Alumna)

  • Textbook: The objectives and key questions addressed prior to each chapter did assist to focus the reading. Personally, I like the use of case studies. It brings clinical practice and challenges encountered from textbook knowledge to clinical reality. The first section of this study is laying a good foundation with the material presented later in the text. I like the full-color images, especially of the heart and radiology.
  • Test: There is a good balance of “less” difficult questions and “more” difficult questions with this section. Good use of tables, figures, displays. The first section was done very well.
  • Anything Else: “From novice to expert, cardiac nurses across many subspecialties and settings must be prepared to access, appraise and implement evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes.” I thought this was a very good statement. EBP is hopefully helping nurses in all specialties to improve patient care and outcomes. I have witnessed cardiac nursing with many practice changes over these past several years. This text and study are very informative. I liked the review of cardiac anatomy and physiology. Even the chapter on sleep and nursing care approaches for sleep disorders in CV patients was revealing. This study will assist the cardiac nurse to use textbook knowledge in clinical practice. (Any nurse who wants to be more informed in regard to cardiac patient care will find this study very informative.)

D.W., Virginia RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP

  • Textbook: I thought the text broke down each topic well.
  • Test: Test was well laid out. Questions were on topics that the RN will use/know/increase knowledge base.
  • Anything Else: I enjoyed the text and test. Good refresher on topics and learned new terminology/interventions, etc. Would recommend this course as the text/layout makes it easy to read and explains the content thoroughly. I certainly learned some things and brushed up on information that I am not currently using.

K.Z., New York RN, CCRN, RN-BC           

  • Textbook: Great resource. Full of lots of great information, diagrams and picture tables and case studies.
  • Test: Test was well developed.
  • Anything Else: I thought this was well done. Very good study.


Pilot Nurse Comments from Section B:

C.C., South Carolina RN, BSN

  • Textbook: The textbook is excellent.
  • Anything Else: Overall, the course is excellent. The test for part A was written in a more straightforward manner. I enjoy the textbook. The questions are helpful to point out certain content. The material is at times familiar to critical care nurses and at times is challenging.

S.E., California RN, BSN, CCRN

  • Textbook: Certain chapters were very detailed and could lose an audience with limited experience.
  • Anything Else: Certain chapters were fun and exciting to read, others not so much. But all of it was informative. I would recommend this course to a nurse that wants more cardiac ICU knowledge and for an inexperienced cardiac ICU RN who mentors, precepts, and teaches.

J.E., Virginia RN

  • Textbook: I enjoyed reading the chapters for this course.
  • Test: Some questions were not easy.
  • Anything Else: Highly recommend. Now, I have a clue about diagnostic tests and lines at work.

L. H., New Mexico RN, MSN, CNE, CCRN-K, CHSE

  • Textbook: Excellent textbook.

K.H., California RN, CCRN 

  • Textbook: I liked the textbook. Easy-to-read and good tables and pictures.
  • Test: The test was moderately difficult.

C.M., California RN, BSN, CPAN

  • Textbook: This book is excellent! It is very well-written! I learned a lot as the material was new and up-to-date. The field of cardiac nursing is advancing rapidly and nurses must keep up with these advances.

S.R., Michigan RN, BSN

  • Textbook: Some of the content is very difficult and above the knowledge necessary for bedside providers. Content was interesting.
  • Test: Very comprehensive test. Focuses on relevant information.
  • Anything Else: The selection related to psychosocial factors is very good and timely.

L.S., Iowa RN, BSN, CCM

  • Textbook: I think it’s an excellent book. I especially liked the case scenarios at the end of the chapters. Some chapters were very difficult.
  • Test: The questions are appropriate for the material covered.
  • Anything Else: Excellent book and course materials.

C.V., Florida RN, CCRN

  • Textbook: Well-written. Excellent, comprehensive review of cardiac nursing.
  • Test: Follows the text very well. This quiz was easier than section A.
  • Anything Else: I really appreciate the psychosocial aspects presented that are not often found in other texts. This is a wonderful reference for any cardiac nurse.

W.W., California RN, CCRN (Alumna)

  • Textbook: Good use of full-color images to show/support the material presented. Easy to use reference tables. Case studies presented enhances the cardiac nurses' (and ICU nurse's) application of textbook to clinical practice. The key readings and references after each chapter support the data presented. Great resource to refer/return to for further study.
  • Test: This section seemed slightly easier than the first section. I still feel there was a good balance of difficulty with the questions asked. I like how the psychosocial risk factors--obesity, exercise and activity, smoking cessation and effective treatment (questions)--were addressed in the last 4 chapters of this section; over 50% of the questions came from this section but I feel the subject matter needed addressing more thoroughly.
  • Anything Else: How often do we read (and hear) about the positive and negative influences of diet, exercise, smoking, stress, and social interaction (or lack thereof) on our well-being, especially our hearts? This section of the text (and the questions presented) did a good job covering the risk assessment as well as the prevention of heart disease.

D.W., Virginia RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP

  • Textbook: The text has been a great resource so far!
  • Test: The test is a good overview of topics and information from the text.
  • Anything Else: I have learned a few tidbits on this section review and overall the text and quiz are a great refresher.

K.Z., New York RN, CCRN, RN-BC

  • Textbook: I think the textbook is a great resource. Text is very informative.
  • Anything Else: I really enjoyed the chapters on diet and exercise and smoking cessation.


Pilot Nurse Comments from Section C:

C.C., South Carolina RN, BSN

  • Textbook: Excellent textbook!
  • Test: The test questions were well-balanced.
  • Anything Else: This is an excellent course! While I was familiar with portions of the text, other sections challenged me to read carefully to digest the information. I thoroughly enjoyed the material.

S.E., California RN, BSN, CCRN                                  

Textbook: This is a course that is very time-consuming and detailed if one wants to completely understand the topic. 

Anything Else: I did learn a lot and many topics were refreshers.  This course is appropriate for a nurse either specialized in this area of expertise or for a nurse going into this area of nursing.

J.E., Virginia RN

  • Textbook: Effective approach on understanding cardiac nursing. Very comprehensive reference.
  • Test: Some questions are complex and need critical thinking.
  • Anything Else: Quite long, but comprehensive. Highly recommend.

K.H., California RN, CCRN 

Textbook: The textbook is a very good resource.

C.M., California RN, BSN, CPAN

  • Textbook: It was very well written and a great presentation of the latest research, drugs, devices, and procedures, It is pretty intense for new nurses but would greatly enhance their knowledge and motivate them to LEARN. It provides a comprehensive review of this to advanced nurses as well. Quite a bit of new information for me, very well described. The last chapter actually renewed my pride in nursing (not that I had lost it but it gave me a big boost!)
  • Test: Excellent and up-to-date course!
  • Anything Else: I loved it. I have actually learned quite a bit from this course. It presents good descriptions of all the new procedures, equipment, and research. By the end of the book, I was excited by nursing again – after 44 years in practice.

S.R., Michigan RN, BSN

  • Textbook: Very technical in many areas.
  • Test: The text is very comprehensive.
  • Anything Else: Overall this course is designed for advanced practice nurses not “bedside” nurses.

C.V., Florida RN, CCRN

  • Textbook: Great comprehensive review on most recent information. Pertinent to cardiac nursing.
  • Test: Follows the text very well.
  • Anything Else: I would recommend this course to any cardiac nurse looking for an up-to-date, comprehensive review.

W.W., California RN, CCRN (Alumna)

  • Textbook: A very informative text. I liked the full-color images; the tables and figures emphasized important concepts; the case studies did provide great “learning examples rich with real-world questions and practice challenges….to enhance application of textbook knowledge to clinical practice.” The references provided resources for further study and support subject matter presented.
  • Test: Good balance with level of difficulty. Some questions made you go back and review what you had read and others helped to reinforce the subject matter presented.
  • Anything Else: Though its target is cardiac nurses, I believe every nurse would benefit from this study. We have all encountered patients with “cardiac” issues, especially in the ICU setting. I have witnessed the management of patients with heart disease evolve through advancements in drug treatments, intervention, and diagnostic technologies, though I have worked in a cardiac surgery unit as a relief ICU nurse, I have never provided care for a fresh post-op open heart patient. This study proved to be very informative in understanding more about caring for the “cardiac” patient (which an ICU nurse encounters almost daily). The chapters which included women and heart disease, palliative care in cardiology, leadership and team-based care and advanced practice cardiac nursing proved to be informative and enlightening. Cardiac care will always be an integral part of nursing care.

D.W., Virginia RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP

  • Textbook: I enjoyed the textbook – brushed up on some info and learned many new things as well. It is very in-depth at times which I enjoyed.
  • Test: I thought the test covered the main topics well.
  • Anything Else: Thank you for allowing me to participate in this pilot program. I hope my suggestions are helpful.

K.Z., New York RN, CCRN, RN-BC

  • Textbook: Valuable resource!
  • Anything Else: We have several CHF initiatives going on at our hospital right now so these chapters were very valuable. Course was a little long but very well done.


• Content reflects the newest developments and best practices in cardiac nursing

• New chapters: Women and Heart Disease; Palliative Care in Cardiology; Quality, Economics and Policy in Cardiovascular Care; and Advanced Practice Cardiac Nursing

• Case Studies in each chapter

• Quick-reference tables that emphasize important concepts

• Lists the Standards of Cardiovascular Nursing Practice

• Specific guidance on different aspects of care:

  • Fundamentals of Cardiac Nursing – cardiac anatomy and physiology, etc.
  • Evaluation of the Heart and Heart Disease – history and physical exam, lab studies, radiologic exam, electrocardiography and cardiac rhythm, cardiac stress testing, and more
  • Risk Assessment and Prevention of Heart Disease – psychosocial risk factors, obesity overview, exercise and activity, smoking cessation and effective treatment, hypertension, diabetes, and more
  • Pathophysiology and Management of Heart Disease – ischemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, valvular heart disease, adult congenital heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and more

Section A quiz: Chapters 1-14


1. Evidence-Based Practice in Cardiac Nursing

2. Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology

3. Systemic and Pulmonary Circulation and Oxygen Delivery

4. Regulation of Cardiac Output and Blood Pressure

5. Hematopoiesis, Coagulation, and Bleeding

6. Fluid and Electrolyte and Acid-Base Balance and Imbalance

7. Sleep

8. Physiologic Adaptations with Aging


9. History and Physical Exam

10. Laboratory Tests Using Blood

11. Radiologic Examination of the Chest

12. Electrocardiography and Cardiac Rhythm

13. Echocardiography

14. Cardiac Stress Testing--Physiologic Evaluation with Exercise and Pharmacologic Agents


Section B quiz: Chapters 15-25


‚Äč15. Nuclear, Magnetic Resonance, and Computer Tomography Imaging

16. Cardiac Catheterization

17. Hemodynamic Monitoring

18. Cardiac Electrophysiology Studies


19. Psychosocial Risk Factors for Cardiac Disease

20. Obesity: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment

21. Exercise and Activity

22. Smoking Cessation and Effective Treatment

23. Hypertension

24. Lipid Management

25. Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease


Section C quiz: Chapters 26-45


26. Cardiovascular Disease in Women

27. Palliative Care in Cardiology


28. Medical, Surgical, and Catheter-Based Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease

Subpart I: Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease

29. Ischemic Heart Disease

30. Peripheral Arterial Disease

Subpart II: Structural Heart Disease

31. Acquired Valvular Heart Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Medical Management

32. Therapeutic Intervention for Acquired Valvular Heart Disease: Surgical and Catheter-Based Approaches

33. Adult Congenital Heart Disease

34. Pericardial, Myocardial, and Endocardial Diseases; Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment'

Subpart III: Cardiac Arrhythmias

35. Supraventricular Arrhythmia

36. Ventricular Arrhythmias, Cardiac Arrest, and Sudden Cardiac Death

Subpart IV: Heart Failure

37. Heart Failure: Pathogenesis and Diagnosis

38. Heart Failure: Guideline-Directed Medical and Device Therapy

39. Therapeutic Intervention for Cardiogenic Shock and End-Stage Heart Failure: Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplantation

40. Therapeutic Intervention for Cardiovascular Disease: Future Advances and Approaches


41. Disease Management Models for Cardiovascular Care

42. Global and Population Health

43. Quality in Cardiovascular Care

44. Quality in Cardiovascular Care

44. Advanced Practice Nursing and Cardiovascular Care

45. Leadership and Team-Based Care

CCRNs: This course is eligible for new synergy model Category A.

This activity consists of three sections worth 20 contact hours each, or a total of 60 contact hours. Click on the blue Table of Contents button to see which chapters (topics) are in each section.

Cardiac Nursing: The Red Reference Book for Cardiac Nurses, Seventh Edition, is the gold standard reference and on-the-unit resource, offering crucial guidance and direction for nurses looking to provide up-to-date, evidence-based cardiac care. While about a third of the text is written for all nurses (see Section B topics), the other chapters are designed for experienced cardiac nurses. Nurses new to cardiac care may find these parts more challenging. 

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Awarded Third Place in the 2021 AJN Book of the Year Awards in Critical Care/Emergency

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