Library resources & services for Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Respiratory services

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Respiratory medical & surgical services
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
Click here to visit our main library website.

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.

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New ebook content added 02/09/21
Mitral Valve Disease : Basic Sciences and Current Approaches to Management
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 19/08/21
Clinical Handbook of Cardiac Electrophysiology
Key Clinical Topics in Cardiology
Pocket Tutor: ECG Interpretation
Respiratory Diseases of the Newborn Infant
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 17/08/21
Practice of Clinical Echocardiography
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

Databases (

Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- incl topics for nurses and care staff
international nursing & allied health incl nurses and care staff
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most medical/surgical topics
useful for health psychology/recovery

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See our main library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available to help inform patient care including:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey  – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and multimedia resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate  ‘evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Respiratory journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

American Heart Journal2007-

2 months ago

American Journal of Cardiology2007-
American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease2011-
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2003-
American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology2011-
Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia2008-
Annals of Pediatric Cardiology2008-
Annals of the American Thoracic Society2013-
Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery2011-
Annals of noninvasive electrocardiology1997-
Annals of Thoracic Surgery2007-
Annals of Vascular Surgery2007-
Archives of Bronchology 2010-
Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases2007-
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology1995-
Artery Research2007-
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders2001-
BMC Pulmonary Medicine2001-
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing2006-
Canadian Journal of Cardiology2007-
Canadian Respiratory Journal2013-
Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics2009-
Cardiology Clinics2007-
Cardiology Research2010-
Cardiology Research and Practice2009-
Cardiology Today2008-
Cardiovascular Diabetology2002-
Cardiovascular Pathology2007-
Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine2007-
Cardiovascular therapeutics2008-
Cardiovascular Ultrasound2003-
Case Reports in Cardiology2011-
Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions1999-
Chest1935-1 yr embargo
Chronic Respiratory Disease2004-
Circulation Research1953-
Clinical Lung Cancer2007-
Clinical Medicine Insights. Circulatory, Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine2008-
The clinical respiratory journal2007-
Clinics in Chest Medicine2007-
Cor et Vasa2012-
Current Medical Literature: Cystic Fibrosis2011-
Current Problems in Cardiology 2007-
European journal of heart failure1999-
European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery2007-
European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Extra2007-
European Respiratory Review2005-
Global Heart2011-
Heart and Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care2007-
Heart Failure Clinics2007-
Heart, Lung and Circulation2007-
Heart Rhythm2007-
Indian Heart Journal2012-
International Journal of Cardiology (IJC) 2007-
International Journal of Cardiology (IJC) Heart & Vasculature
(formerly IJC Heart & Vessels 2013-14)
International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease2006-
International Journal of Vascular Medicine2010-
Interventional Cardiology Clinics 2007-
JACC (Journal of the American College of Cardiology) 2007-
JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging2008-
JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions2008-
JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology2015-
JACC: Heart Failure  2013-
Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis1994-
Journal of Cardiac Failure2007-
Journal of cardiac surgery1997-
Journal of Cardiology2007-
Journal of Cardiology Cases2010-
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia2007-
Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography 2007-
Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology1997-
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance2008-
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery2006-
Journal of Cystic Fibrosis2007-
Journal of Electrocardiology2007-
Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation2007-
Journal of Hypertension1997-
Journal of interventional cardiology1997-
Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology2007-
Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases2007-
Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA)2012-
Journal of the American College of CardiologySee JACC (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)
Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography2007-
Journal of the Association for Vascular Access2007-
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery2007-
Journal of Thoracic Disease2009-
Journal of Vascular Surgery2007-

1984-2 yrs ago

Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders2012-
JTCVS Open2020-
Lancet (1)1992- 2 months ago
Lancet (2)2007-
Lancet Respiratory Medicine2013-
Lung Cancer2007-
Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine2010-
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990-
Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases2007-
Open Respiratory Medicine Journal2007-
Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: A Comparative Atlas2007-
Pacing and clinical electrophysiology1997-
Paediatric Respiratory Reviews2007-
Pediatric pulmonology1997-
Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Women’s Cardiovascular Health2010-
Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases2007-
Progress in Pediatric Cardiology 2007-
Pulmonary Circulation2011-
Pulmonary Medicine2010-
Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics2007-
Respiratory Investigation 2012-
Respiratory Medicine2007-
Respiratory Medicine Case Reports2012-
Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology2007-
Respiratory Research2000-
Respiratory Therapeutics Week2003-
Reviews in Vascular Medicine2013-
Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery2007-
Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Annual2007-
Seminars in Vascular Surgery2007-
Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology2007-
Thoracic Surgery Clinics2007-
Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine2007-
Vascular Cell 2009-
Vascular Health and Risk Management2005-
Vascular Medicine1998-
Vascular Pharmacology2007-
World Journal of Cardiology2009-

Books (guide)

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request. (Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).


Selected specialty content from 2010 onwards – click title & login with NHS Athens

150 ECG problems (up to 3 simultaneous users)20134thHampton
200 practice questions in cardiothoracic surgery.2015Raja
ABC of Arterial and Venous Disease20153rdEngland
ABC of COPD20173rdCurrie
ABC of Hypertension20156thBeevers
ABC of pleural diseases2018Rahman
Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease2021Dougherty
Advanced Cardiac Imaging2015Nieman
Advanced Echocardiographic Approaches2012Gillam
Allergy and Asthma Made Easy 
Anderson’s paediatric cardiology20204thAnderson
Arrhythmia Essentials 20172ndOlshansky
Arrhythmias in adult congenital heart disease: a case-based approach2019Balaji
Arrhythmias in Children: A Case-Based Approach 2022Thomas
ASE’s Comprehensive Echocardiography 20223rdLang
ASE’s Comprehensive Strain Imaging 2022Marwick
Atlas of 3D Echocardiography2013Gill
Atlas of cardiac surgical techniques20192ndSellke
Atlas of endovascular venous surgery20192ndAlmeida
Atlas of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery (VATS)2011McKenna
Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology2012Iskandrian
Atlas of Pediatric Echocardiography2021Kucera
Atlas of Thoracic Surgical Techniques2010Zwischenberger
Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy2014Chaikof
Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine201911thZipes
Bronchoscopy and Central Airway Disorders2012Colt
Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside20177thZipes
Cardiac Imaging: The Requisites20164thBoxt
Cardiac intensive care20193rdBrown
Cardiac pacing and ICDs20207thEllenbogen
Cardiac Surgery: Operative Technique20122ndDoty
Cardiology secrets20185thLevine
Cardiovascular Complications of Respiratory Disorders2020Martinez-Garcia
Cardiovascular Imaging2011Ho
Cardiovascular Imaging Review2011Koster
Cardiovascular intervention : a companion to Braunwald’s heart disease.2016Bhatt
Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance20193rdManning
Cardiovascular Pathology20164thBuja
Cardiovascular physiology201911thPappano
The cardiovascular system at a glance20205thAaronson
Cardiovascular Therapeutics:
A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease 
Carpentier’s Reconstructive Valve Surgery:
From Valve Analysis to Valve Reconstruction
Cases in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy2014Yu
Cases in Interventional Cardiology2011Ragosta
Catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias20204thHuang
Cellular and Molecular Pathobiology of Cardiovascular Disease2014Willis
Chest Radiology: Patterns and Differential Diagnosis20187thReed
Chest X-rays for medical students: CXRs made easy20202ndClarke
Chronic Coronary Artery Disease: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease2018de Lemos
Clinical arrhythmology and electrophysiology: a companion to Braunwald’s heart disease20193rdIssa
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology  2022Katritsis
Clinical cardiac pacing, defibrillation, and resynchronization therapy20175thEllenbogen
Clinical Electrocardiography: a Simplified Approach20128thGoldberger
Clinical Handbook of Cardiac Electrophysiology 20212ndGlover
Clinical Lipidology : a Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease20152ndBallantyne
Clinical practice manual for pulmonary and critical care medicine2018Landsberg
Clinical Recognition of Congenital Heart Disease20126thPerloff
Clinical Respiratory Medicine20124thHutchison
Complications in Endovascular Surgery  2022Dryjski
Coronary Stenting: A Companion to Topol’s Textbook of Interventional Cardiology2014Price
Crash Course: Cardiology 
(up to 3 simultaneous users)
Crash Course: Cardiovascular system  
(up to 3 simultaneous users)
Crash Course: Respiratory system 
(up to 3 simultaneous users)
Critical heart disease in infants and children20193rdUngerleider
Cryoablation of Cardiac Arrhythmias 2011Bredikis
Current Therapy in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery20145thStanley
Diabetes in Cardiovascular Disease: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease2015McGuire
Diagnosis and Management of Adult Congenital Heart Disease20183rdGatzoulis
ECG interpretation for everyone : an on-the-spot guide2012Kusumoto
ECG Made Easy
(up to 3 simultaneous users)
The ECG made practical
(up to 3 simultaneous users)
ECG mastery : improving your ECG interpretation skills20202ndJones
ECG (Medical student survival skills)2020Jevon
ECG Notes: interpretation and management guide20163rdJones
The ECG Workbook20143rdRowlands
Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease2012Lewin
Echocardiography in Heart Failure2012St John Sutton
Echocardiography Review Guide20163rdOtto
Electrocardiography of Arrhythmias: A Comprehensive Review2012 Das
Electrophysiological Disorders of the Heart 20112ndSaksena
Endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms: standard and advanced techniques2018Donas
ERS handbook : respiratory medicine20193rdPalange
The ERS handbook of invasive mechanical ventilation2019Heunks
Essential Echocardiography20132ndRyding
Essential Echocardiography: Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease.2019Solomon
Essential respiratory medicine2019Paramothayan
Fast facts: Heart failure20172ndKorczyk
Felson’s principles of chest roentgenology: a programmed text.20205thGoodman
Genomic and Precision Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease20183rdGinsburg
Goldberger’s clinical electrocardiography: a simplified approach20189thGoldberger
Handbook of cystic fibrosis2016Filbrun
Heart Failure: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease20204thFelker
High-Yield Thoracic Pathology2012Husain
Hypertension: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease20122ndBlack
IASLC Thoracic Oncology20182ndPass
Illustrated anatomical segmentectomy for lung cancer.2012Nomori
Imaging of Diseases of the Chest20105thHansell
Interstitial lung disease2018Collard
Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Handbook20184thKern
Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease2013Lasala
Intraoperative and Interventional Echocardiography: Atlas of Transesophageal Imaging 20182ndOxorn
Introduction to vascular ultrasonography20207thPellerito
JACC’s imaging cases in cardiovascular intervention2021King
Kaplan’s cardiac anesthesia : for cardiac and noncardiac surgery20177thKaplan
Kaplan’s essentials of cardiac anesthesia for cardiac surgery20182ndKaplan
Kendig and Chernick’s Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children20199thWilmott
Kern’s cardiac catheterization handbook.20207thSorajja
Key Clinical Topics in Cardiology 2020Sharma
Kirklin/Barratt-Boyes Cardiac Surgery20134thKouchoukos
Lecture Notes: Respiratory Medicine20159thBourke, S. J
Managing COPD20133rdRussell
Manual of coronary chronic total occlusion interventions: a step-by-step-approach20182ndBrilakis
Manual of Percutaneous Coronary Interventions2021Brilakis
Mechanical circulatory support: a companion to Braunwald’s heart disease20202ndKirklin
Mitral Valve Disease : Basic Sciences and Current Approaches to Management 2021Wells
Moore’s Vascular and Endovascular Surgery20199thMoore
Muller’s imaging of the chest20192ndWalker
Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine20166thBroaddus
Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic SurgeryOngoingEuropean Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Myocardial Infarction: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease2017Morrow
Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System20112ndKaminsky
Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Cardiovascular System20142ndConti
Netter’s cardiology20193rdRunge
Netter’s Correlative Imaging: Cardiothoracic Anatomy2013Gotway
Nunn and Lumb’s Applied Respiratory Physiology 20219thLumb
Opie’s Cardiovascular Drugs: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease 20219thBhatt
Oxford Handbook of Cardiac Nursing20213rdOlson
Oxford Handbook of Cardiology20122ndRamrakha
Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Medicine 20213rdChapman
Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Nursing20212ndRobinson
Oxford Textbook of Heart Failure2011McDonagh
Oxford Textbook of Interventional Cardiology20182ndRedwood
Park’s Pediatric Cardiology for Practitioners20217thPark
Park’s The Pediatric Cardiology Handbook20226thPark
Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography2014Reich
Pleural disease2020Maskell
Pleural Diseases  2022Sorino
Pocket Tutor: ECG Interpretation 20182ndSimon
Pocket Tutor: Chest X-Ray Interpretation 20192ndChandratreya
Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia20135thHensley, F.A.
Practical Aspects of ECG Recording.2012Crawford
Practical Pulmonary Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach20183rdLeslie
Practice of Clinical Echocardiography20226thOtto
Preventive Cardiology: Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease20112ndBlumenthal
Principles of Cardiac and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography2015Hutchison
Principles of Cardiovascular Radiology2012Hutchison
Principles of Echocardiography2012Hutchison
Principles of Pulmonary Medicine20197thWeinberger
Principles of Vascular & Intravascular Ultrasound2012Hutchison
Problem Solving in Cardiovascular Imaging2012Abbara
Problem solving in chest imaging2020Digumarthy
Pulmonary function tests in clinical practice20192ndAltalag
Pulmonary manifestations of systemic diseases2019Wuyts
Pulmonary pathology20182ndZander
Rapid cardiac care2018Menzies-Gow
Respiratory Diseases of the Newborn Infant 2021Sinha
Respiratory nursing at a glance2017Preston
Respiratory physiology20192ndCloutier
The Respiratory System at a Glance20154thWard
Rutherford’s vascular surgery and endovascular therapy20199thSidaway
Sabiston and Spencer Surgery of the Chest20169thSellke
Severe asthma2019Chung
Structural Heart Cases: A Color Atlas of Pearls and Pitfalls.2019Sorajja
Teaching Files: Chest2010Silva
Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography20186thOtto
Textbook of interventional cardiology20208thTopol
Thoracic imaging: the requisites.20193rdShepard
Thoracic Surgery for the Acute Care Surgeon2020Galante
Valvular Heart Disease: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery: A Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice20196thLoftus
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at a Glance2014McMonagle
Vascular and Interventional Imaging: Case Review Series
Vascular and Interventional Radiology:
The Requisites
Vascular Medicine: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease  20203rdCraeger