AARP Living with Heart Disease

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Chronic heart disease—heart attacks and strokes—causes more than 40 percent of all deaths in the United States. That’s 950,000 people each year or one person every 33 seconds. Statistically more vulnerable with age, hundreds of men and women begin the struggle to manage or prevent its occurrence every day. So naturally it’s on the mind of older Americans and the family members who cherish them. What exactly is heart disease—and what forms does it take? Who gets it, and how is it diagnosed? What steps can you take...
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Overview

Chronic heart disease—heart attacks and strokes—causes more than 40 percent of all deaths in the United States. That’s 950,000 people each year or one person every 33 seconds. Statistically more vulnerable with age, hundreds of men and women begin the struggle to manage or prevent its occurrence every day. So naturally it’s on the mind of older Americans and the family members who cherish them. What exactly is heart disease—and what forms does it take? Who gets it, and how is it diagnosed? What steps can you take to prevent the problem from worsening? Which are the best therapies? How can you best reduce stress, lower weight, control blood pressure? AARP has the answers.
The superbly organized and authoritative text includes chapters covering key issues, which range from definition to diagnosis and from treatment to lifestyle changes that address issues specifically identified with heart disease. These include: nutrition, high cholesterol, prevention, smoking, and sex and intimacy. The book casts an eye on the future, too, with information on medicines and treatments currently under development or on the horizon. The appendix offers useful point-by-point checklists for managing your treatment, information on handling medical emergencies, and resources.
This guide provides expert medical information and valuable advice that no older adult will want to do without!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402730115
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/20/2007
  • Series: AARP Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Biographies     viii
Credits     x
Editorial Board     xi
Introduction     xiii
The Healthy Heart     1 The Heart Is a Muscle A Fantastic Voyage through the Heart
What Is Heart Disease?     11
The ABCs of Coronary Artery Disease
What Is a Heart Attack?
The Warning Signs of Angina
Cardiomyopathy
Heart Failure
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Heart-Valve Disease
The Risk of Stroke
Recognizing the Symptoms of a Stroke
Heed the Signs of Impending Attack
Reducing Your Risk     33
Assessing Your Risk
Damn the Torpor!
High Blood Pressure
High Blood Cholesterol
Strategies to Control Cholesterol
Cigarette Smoking
Metabolic Syndrome
Diabetes
Being Overweight
The Dangers of Stress
Summarizing Your Risk Factors
Do You Have Heart Disease?     59
When Symptoms Matter
Patient, Heed Thyself
Health History & Physical Exam
Living Well with Heart Disease     87
Improving Heart Health with Exercise
Heart-Healthy Eating
If You Smoke, Stop!
Be Smart for Your Heart
Less Stress Is Best
Combining Lifestyle Measures to Control Hypertension & Cholesterol
When You Need Treatment     151
Medications
High Cholesterol
The Benefits of Drug Therapy
Treating Angina
Treatment for a Heart Attack
Treating Heart Failure
Treating Heart-Rhythm Problems
Treatment for Heart-Valve Disease
Recovering Physically & Emotionally     217
Cardiac Rehab & Secondary Prevention: A Second Chance for Your Heart
Who Needs Cardiac Rehab?
Recovering Emotionally from Heart Disease
Sex, Intimacy & Heart Disease
Treatment Advances on the Horizon     235
New Angina Treatment
Heart-Valve Improvements
Success in Stopping Failure
Hypertension & Its Newfound Nemeses
Patches for Damaged Hearts
Let's Build a Better Blood Vessel
The Stem-Cell Promise
A Scaffold for Heart Repair?
New Insight into an Old Drug
Appendices     251
Resources
Additional Resources from AARP
Dealing with Emergencies
Index     263
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