Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You'll Ever Needby Marc Gillinov, Steven Nissen
Are you one of the eighty-two million Americans currently diagnosed with cardiovascular disease—or one of the millions more who think they are healthy but are at risk? Whether your goal is to/b>
The definitive guide to heart health from two of America's most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the #1 hospital for heart health in America.
Are you one of the eighty-two million Americans currently diagnosed with cardiovascular disease—or one of the millions more who think they are healthy but are at risk? Whether your goal is to get the best treatment or stay out of the cardiologist’s office, your heart's health depends upon accurate information and correct answers to key questions. In Heart 411, two renowned experts, heart surgeon Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Steven Nissen, tackle the questions their patients have raised over their decades of practice: Can the stress of my job really lead to a heart attack? How does exercise help my heart, and what is the right amount and type of exercise? What are the most important tests for my heart, and when do I need them? How do symptoms and treatments differ among men, women, and children?
Backed by decades of clinical experience and up-to-the-minute research, yet written in the accessible, down-to-earth tone of your trusted family doctor, Heart 411 cuts through the confusion to give you the knowledge and tools you need to live a long and heart-healthy life.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
“Preventative care for your cardiac plumbing, and steps to rectify what has gone amiss…With an affable thoroughness, the authors inform readers about the world of coronary heart disease….The text is designed so readers can either drop in on a specific topic or extend their understanding by reading the entire chapter to gain the broad, contextual picture. This book is like the doctor of old—white coat, black bag, stethoscope—ready to counsel from broad experience. So listen and act.”
“Two world experts in heart disease have crafted Heart 411 to serve as a blueprint to put themselves out of business by guiding us to optimize our heart health. If you have a heart question, look no further.”
Mehmet Oz, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery, NYP/Columbia University
“As a heart disease survivor, I look for the best information I can find, and I’ve found it in Heart 411. It is essential reading for patients like me, as well as those who want keep their heart healthy. In a world filled with conflicting information, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen separate fact from fiction, providing patients and their families with easy to use tools to understand heart disease and find the best possible care. It has become my go to book!”
Larry King, CNN talk show host, founder of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation
“A useful and—dare I say—fun masterpiece. Reading Heart 411 is like have having your own personal consultation with two of the most skilled and compassionate heart doctors on the planet. Gillinov and Nissen provide a delightful blend of the latest research, moving experiences with patients at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, and warmth and humor to show each of us how to live a longer, healthier and happier life.”
Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor and author of New York Times bestsellers Good Boss, Bad Boss and The No Asshole Rule
“From the warning signs of an impending heart attack to the cardiac effects of red wine, this book has it all. Gillinov and Nissen engage you with their friendly tone and their patients' stories and give you the critical information you need to ensure your heart health. Heart 411 is a must read.”
Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and President, Cleveland Clinic
“It’s rare a book so vital to health is also such an engaging and entertaining read. Heart 411 is an invaluable resource, and one that I would recommend everyone add to their reading list.”
Mary Joe Fernandez, 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist and ESPN & CBS Commentator
“Read Heart 411 and you may never have to call 911.”
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Emmy- and Grammy-winning performers
“Cardiac surgeon Gillinov and cardiologist Nissen, both of Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, efficiently render an overwhelming array of symptoms, tests, diagnoses, treatment options, diet, and exercise recommendations, drugs and supplements, and prognoses associated with the nation’s top cause of death into an easy-to-use guide to preventing heard disease.”
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Meet the Author
MARC GILLINOV, M.D., is a staff cardiac surgeon at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. STEVEN NISSEN, M.D., is the chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.
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A researcher by both temperament and profession, I normally run in the other direction from such inflated publisher claims as "the only guide to heart health you'll ever need." After all, knowledge is empowering, and even credible and informed sources often disagree, a reality that generally makes relying on a single source a foolish proposition at best. But in a real sense that claim can justly be made for Drs. Gillinov and Nissen's Heart 411. Not because of any specific information or advice they offer (although there is a wealth of that, all backed up by the latest scientific findings explained in an engaging and accessible way for the intelligent layman), but rather because Drs. Gillinov and Nissen provide their readers the tools with which to evaluate the myriad health claims that daily clamor for our attention. Can we really "Reverse Heart Disease" or "End [...] Illness" now, as the titles of recent bestsellers assert? A chapter devoted to evaluating medical evidence (Chapter 9) explains how to interpret and judge the scientific evidence behind the day's health headlines. The qualitative difference between the validity of observational studies and that of randomized controlled trials is thoroughly explained, as well as such concepts as surrogate endpoints (just because a drug is effective at raising HDL, or "good" cholesterol, does not necessarily mean that it saves lives), confounding factors (what else may be responsible for this result?) and causality (an "association" between low vitamin D levels and heart disease does not necessarily mean that vitamin D deficiency causes heart disease.) With this knowledge, the reader can begin to navigate the tricky shoals of medical information with confidence. Unlike many other medical "experts" writing today who make authoritative-sounding claims but bring little beyond anecdotal "evidence" to support them, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen first present the scientific background of any given controversy, clearly explain the conflicting opinions, then guide the reader along the path of their scientific reasoning so that ultimately the reader understands not just what the authors believe, but also why they believe it. I, for one, am far more likely to follow the advice of a doctor--or anyone else, for that matter--who shows me the data and takes the time to explain why they are convincing. Heart 411 thoroughly examines the major controversies in the field of heart disease today: the role of vitamin D, the risks vs. benefits of daily aspirin, the safety of hormone replacement therapy, the appropriate (and often inappropriate) use of stents. The authors go on to explore other popular topics such as the cardiac benefits of daily exercise, a proper diet, and red wine. (Disclosure: Four years ago Dr. Gillinov operated on my husband and uses his story to begin the chapter on alcohol and the heart.) An entire chapter devoted to the mind-body connection discusses the emotions anger, depression, anxiety, and grief, and lays to rest any doubt about the heavy physical toll that they exact. Kudos to the authors for producing a work that is --as the very best teachers are-- engaging, informative and empowering; one that arms you not just with information you need at the moment, but also with the kind of knowledge and critical thinking skills you can rely on to guide your choices and decisions far into the future.
Ya we know it should be in the hogwarts rp!!! There was no room so its here
After spending the time to read the only review, 5 stars, the anon reviewer finally reveals that one of the authors operated on their spouse. I won't buy the book until there is an unbiased post.