Conquering Heart Disease: New Ways to Live Well without Drugs or Surgery

Conquering Heart Disease: New Ways to Live Well without Drugs or Surgery

by Harvey B. Simon, Simon
     
 

Heart disease remains America's leading killer, accounting for 43 percent of all deaths. Despite advances in medical technology, heart disease is most effectively prevented—and even treated—outside a doctor's office or hospital. Now, Dr. Harvey B. Simon shows how you can fight heart disease with the most up-to-date scientific information, but without drugs… See more details below

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Heart disease remains America's leading killer, accounting for 43 percent of all deaths. Despite advances in medical technology, heart disease is most effectively prevented—and even treated—outside a doctor's office or hospital. Now, Dr. Harvey B. Simon shows how you can fight heart disease with the most up-to-date scientific information, but without drugs or surgery. Dr. Simon's program is unique in going far beyond the familiar 'big four'—low-fat diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and stress reduction. His program advocates nutritional supplements such as antioxidants and soluble fiber, which are often overlooked by physicians despite their demonstrated benefits....Other controversial though scientifically valid recommendations include low-dose alcohol, regular consumption of fish, low-dose aspirin, and avoiding passive smoking. Dr. Simon also takes a clear position on dietary minerals—those to avoid and those to increase. The role of niacin is assessed in light of its potentially serious side effects. And there is even a chapter called "Facts or Fads: Other Tips That May Help," which includes the latest word on everything from garlic and onions to vitamin B, antacids, and lecithin. An important chapter on estrogen replacement therapy addresses the specific concerns of women....In addition, the book features self-assessment tests and options for planning customized programs tailored to personal risk factors, needs, and preferences. And, finally, should medical intervention be necessary, Dr. Simon explains the benefits and risks of state-of-the-art medical tests, medications, and other treatments. Because many of Dr. Simon's recommendations may strike some asunorthodox, he documents the scientific basis for his program by presenting and explaining in

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unlike the authors of many healthy-heart books, Simon (Staying Well), an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School, doesn't get up on a soapbox and preach. He's done the ``wrong'' things, himself: grown overweight, forgotten about exercise, smoked and put up with considerable stress. Moreover, his father was disabled by cardiovascular disease while in his 30s. Quick to acknowledge the benefits of advanced technology that make such surgeries as coronary bypass available, he emphasizes prevention, describing 15 ways to conquer heart disease. Of course, a low-fat diet, reducing cholesterol, controlling blood pressure, proper exercise, stress reduction and smoking cessation are recommended. But Simon discusses important studies, some not well known and others needing further confirmation, that can lead to other strategies in consultation with one's physician. He mentions, for example, the health benefits of a cautious and judicious use of small amounts of alcohol, although this might not be an option for women at risk for breast cancer; antioxidants; and niacin; among others. What makes this well-researched and -written book special is Simon's opinion that reducing cardiovascular risk can be accomplished. (Oct.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Simon (Staying Well, LJ 8/92), a member of the Harvard Cardiovascular Health Center team, has written an informative, readable book on heart disease and how to prevent it. His text is divided into three parts. The first explains the biology of atherosclerosis and how it affects the human body; the second presents 15 ways to conquer heart disease; and the third examines the physician's role in the maintenance of cardiovascular health. While Simon does not delineate a step-by-step, "how-to" program, he provides enough solid information for the reader to construct a personalized plan to reduce risk factors. Simon is best at explaining antioxidants and other supplements in a rational, factual manner. For a basic text, the Yale University School of Medicine Heart Book (LJ 3/1/92) is still best, but this is a good second.-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316791571
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.38(d)

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