Internationally recognized opinion makers and experts in clinical and laboratory medicine synthesize the latest developments in the use of cardiac biomarkers by the practicing physician. The authors focus on integrating biomarkers into the contemporary clinical management of patients with cardiovascular disease, emphasizing clinical studies, evidence-based diagnostic algorithms, and critical pathways for triage and therapy, whenever available. They also illuminate the connections between specific biomarkers and the basic pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, explain the analytical properties of the assays relevant to clinical practice, and highlight emerging novel biomarkers and new direction for biomarker development. Numerous figures, illustrations, and tables make key evidence and practical guidelines easily accessible. The book makes clear as never before to today's busy cardiologists, emergency room physicians, and internists how the various assays perform, which ones they should order to evaluate their patients, and how they might change their therapeutic approach based on the results of a biomarker assay.