Healing the Female Heart

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Coronary heart disease is the number one killer of American women. Every year in this country, six times as many women die from heart attacks as from breast cancer. Yet the symptoms of women's heart disease are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed by doctors, and women themselves may grossly underestimate their own risk for heart problems. When they do receive treatment, women are frequently older and sicker than their male counterparts, and as a result, much less likely to recover fully. Healing the Female ...
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Coronary heart disease is the number one killer of American women. Every year in this country, six times as many women die from heart attacks as from breast cancer. Yet the symptoms of women's heart disease are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed by doctors, and women themselves may grossly underestimate their own risk for heart problems. When they do receive treatment, women are frequently older and sicker than their male counterparts, and as a result, much less likely to recover fully. Healing the Female Heart, women's cardiologist Elizabeth Ross equips you not only with the medical knowledge you need - of risk factors, the tests used to diagnose heart disease, and the treatments used to manage it - but with holistic guidance that will help you give your heart the best possible attention. You'll learn how to get astute medical care as well as how to nourish your inner self, so that the mind-body connection works for your heart's health, not against it. With this holistic approach, you can keep your heart beating strong - for a happier, fuller, longer life.

"...explains the risk factors, tests, and treatments along with holistic guidance...intended to promote a mind-body connection and a proactive approach to traditional medical care."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671894702
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Female Heart Is More Than a Valentine 1
2 How a Woman's Heart Works 17
3 What Are Your Risk Factors for Heart Disease? 35
4 What to Eat for a Healthy Heart 58
5 A Pound of Prevention: Exercise, Smoking Cessation, Stress Reduction, and a Good Relationship with Your Physician 83
6 Hormone Replacement Therapy: Is It Right for You and Your Heart? 103
7 When Something Goes Wrong: Problems in and Around the Heart 120
8 Diagnostic Testing 145
9 Managing Heart Disease with Medication and Surgery 161
10 Surviving a Heart Attack 194
11 Recuperation and Recovery: How to Prevent a Second Attack 208
12 Looking at the Rest of Your Life 232
13 Where to Go for Help 249
Index 261
About the Authors 270
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