The Cardiac Recovery Handbook: The Complete Guide to Life after Heart Attack or Heart Surgery

The Cardiac Recovery Handbook: The Complete Guide to Life after Heart Attack or Heart Surgery

by Paul Kligfield, Michelle D. Seaton
     
 

Maybe a suspicious angiogram has the doctor suggesting bypass surgery. Maybe a major heart attack has you confined to the ICU. After a heart attack or heart surgery, you have a hundred questions and your family has more. How long will I be in the hospital? What are the side effects of that medication? Why do I feel so depressed? What can I eat? Can I

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Maybe a suspicious angiogram has the doctor suggesting bypass surgery. Maybe a major heart attack has you confined to the ICU. After a heart attack or heart surgery, you have a hundred questions and your family has more. How long will I be in the hospital? What are the side effects of that medication? Why do I feel so depressed? What can I eat? Can I exercise?

One of the nation's most respected cardiologists answers all your questions in The Cardiac Recovery Handbook. In clear, everyday language, the book covers all aspects of cardiac recovery—from the initial diagnosis of heart disease to medications and surgical options, from hospitalization to rehabilitation, from diet and exercise to keeping your spirits up. No question is left unanswered.

Filled with a wealth of vital information, The Cardiac Recovery Handbook is an invaluable resource for the millions of Americans suffering from heart disease, as well as their families, healthcare providers, and friends.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578261420
Publisher:
Hatherleigh Press
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Kligfield, M.D., is Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Director of the Cardiac Health Center in New York City. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.

Michelle D. Seaton is an award-winning writer for Yankee Magazine, Reader's Digest, and many more.

Table of Contents

Introductionviii
Part IUnderstanding Heart Disease1
Chapter 1The Diagnosis Is Heart Disease: What Happened in the Hospital3
Chapter 2First Steps in Your Cardiac Recovery: What Happens When You Get Home19
Chapter 3The Miracle of Modern Recovery: Advances in Treating Heart Disease34
Chapter 4What Is Heart Disease? An Overview of the Current Understanding of Atherosclerosis46
Chapter 5Taking the Risk Factors to Heart: A Summary of the Major Risk Factors for Heart Disease71
Part IICommonly Prescribed Medications for Heart Disease87
Chapter 6Aspirin and Other Anti-Clotting Medications: An Important Step to Prevent a Heart Attack89
Chapter 7The Protective Effects of Beta-Blockers: Reducing the Heart's Workload102
Chapter 8ACE Inhibitors and ARBs: Reducing Blood Pressure and Improving Blood Flow120
Chapter 9Statins and Other Lipid-Lowering Medications: Combatting Atherosclerosis135
Part IIIWhat You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk Factors153
Chapter 10Cardiac Rehabilitation: The Benefits of a Specially Designed Exercise Program155
Chapter 11Cholesterol: Lowering Cholesterol through Diet and Exercise177
Chapter 12Hypertension: Keeping Your Blood Pressure Under Control190
Chapter 13The Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: The Dangers of Insulin Resistance and High Blood Sugar213
Chapter 14The Importance of Getting to a Healthy Weight: How Obesity Affects the Course of Heart Disease220
Chapter 15Choosing Life over Smoking: How Smoking Hurts Your Heart234
Chapter 16Emotional Risk Factors: The Effects of Stress, Depression, and Anger253
Afterword275
Appendix ICommonly Used Cardiovascular Medications281
Appendix IIGlossary284
Appendix IIIResources300
Appendix IVSelected Bibliography302
Index306

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