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

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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: 8/30/2004
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii
Part I Understanding Heart Disease 1
Chapter 1 The Diagnosis Is Heart Disease: What Happened in the Hospital 3
Chapter 2 First Steps in Your Cardiac Recovery: What Happens When You Get Home 19
Chapter 3 The Miracle of Modern Recovery: Advances in Treating Heart Disease 34
Chapter 4 What Is Heart Disease? An Overview of the Current Understanding of Atherosclerosis 46
Chapter 5 Taking the Risk Factors to Heart: A Summary of the Major Risk Factors for Heart Disease 71
Part II Commonly Prescribed Medications for Heart Disease 87
Chapter 6 Aspirin and Other Anti-Clotting Medications: An Important Step to Prevent a Heart Attack 89
Chapter 7 The Protective Effects of Beta-Blockers: Reducing the Heart's Workload 102
Chapter 8 ACE Inhibitors and ARBs: Reducing Blood Pressure and Improving Blood Flow 120
Chapter 9 Statins and Other Lipid-Lowering Medications: Combatting Atherosclerosis 135
Part III What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk Factors 153
Chapter 10 Cardiac Rehabilitation: The Benefits of a Specially Designed Exercise Program 155
Chapter 11 Cholesterol: Lowering Cholesterol through Diet and Exercise 177
Chapter 12 Hypertension: Keeping Your Blood Pressure Under Control 190
Chapter 13 The Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: The Dangers of Insulin Resistance and High Blood Sugar 213
Chapter 14 The Importance of Getting to a Healthy Weight: How Obesity Affects the Course of Heart Disease 220
Chapter 15 Choosing Life over Smoking: How Smoking Hurts Your Heart 234
Chapter 16 Emotional Risk Factors: The Effects of Stress, Depression, and Anger 253
Afterword 275
Appendix I Commonly Used Cardiovascular Medications 281
Appendix II Glossary 284
Appendix III Resources 300
Appendix IV Selected Bibliography 302
Index 306
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