The heart beats more than 2,500,000,000 times over the average life--and, despite great strides in medicine, prevention is still the best way to keep your heart running strong. If you want to help your heart--and especially if you already have a cardiac diagnosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart disease-- Best Practices for a Healthy Heart is your complete guide to cardio care.Read more...
The heart beats more than 2,500,000,000 times over the average life--and, despite great strides in medicine, prevention is still the best way to keep your heart running strong. If you want to help your heart--and especially if you already have a cardiac diagnosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart disease--Best Practices for a Healthy Heart is your complete guide to cardio care. For more than twenty years, award-winning, board-certified cardiologist Dr. Sarah Samaan has treated thousands of patients and tirelessly kept pace with the latest research--and now, she condenses her best advice into 7 easy steps on how to:
- Take charge of your "numbers"--your weight, cholesterol, heart rate, and blood pressure
- Make heart-smart choices about food, exercise, and stress
- Work with your doctor to design the right treatment for you
- Tell which supplements and alternative therapies really help
- Avoid vices that will harm your heart--and much more
Put these best practices in action today, and you will decrease your risk of disease and dependence on medication, experience a wealth of positive "side effects" (from a smaller waistline to a happier outlook ), and soon be seven steps nearer to optimal heart health.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-05-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Back in 2001 when cardiologist Samaan started work on her book, she says, patients needed answers to their questions about the effects of stress, hormones, medications, diet, exercise, vitamins, and alternative therapies on cardiac health. Concentrating on prevention, Samaan divides a narrower range of material than those questions cover into seven sections—getting cholesterol, triglyceride, and other critical blood levels in line; identifying a heart-healthy diet; eliminating bad habits like smoking; developing an exercise routine; creating a nurturing lifestyle; choosing from among myriad medications and supplements; and dealing with hormonal changes in men and women—pinning the whole on the concept of “best practices” (i.e., advice based on up-to-the-minute research and clinical evidence). She efficiently tackles complex subjects (e.g., stress, alternative therapies, and childhood risks) as well as myths contributing to the epidemic of deaths each year from heart attacks. While Samaan’s analyses offer depth and substance, many of her lists seem like generic guidelines posted in a physician’s office. But her passion is evident in the real-life stories she relates, and readers will be drawn by her personal commitment, fueled by the loss of many family members, to conquer a largely preventable disease. Agent, Linda Konner. (June)