Heart Disease: Everything You Need to Know (Your Personal Health Series)

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Widespread and deadly, heart disease is a grim epidemic. Affecting parents, siblings, friends and co-workers, heart disease is so common that it is impossible to remain untouched by it. Heart disease is responsible for more than 37% of all deaths and is the leading cause of death in people over 65.

In Heart Disease, Dr. Rob Myers shows how to take control of the condition. For example, of the 50 million ...

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Overview

Includes the latest medical findings.

Widespread and deadly, heart disease is a grim epidemic. Affecting parents, siblings, friends and co-workers, heart disease is so common that it is impossible to remain untouched by it. Heart disease is responsible for more than 37% of all deaths and is the leading cause of death in people over 65.

In Heart Disease, Dr. Rob Myers shows how to take control of the condition. For example, of the 50 million Americans who suffer from high blood pressure — the leading contributor to heart disease — only 35% know they have it. Yet, high blood pressure is easily detectable and usually controllable.

Heart Disease is a practical health guide that simplifies this disease's biology and physiology and clearly explains the medial concepts and jargon often used by doctors in diagnosis and treatment.

Using detailed tables, sidebars and diagrams, Heart Disease provides comprehensive, accurate, safe and up-to-date information for patients and their families.

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Reviewer: Robert L. Menuet II, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book, written by a board certified cardiologist, is a practical guide for patients and families affected by heart disease or facing risk factors contributing to its progression. The book is comprehensive yet concise in its description and explanation of this complex disease process. From the author's use of simple but accurate terminology, the reader is able to explore concepts from normal physiology to risk factors and evolution of heart disease. The book also covers the latest in medical treatment, risk factor identification, and drug therapy with the helpful addition of tables, illustrations, indexes, and glossaries.
Purpose: The author's intent is to bring to light the often unrecognized epidemic of the number one cause of death of American adults today that by its very nature will touch everyone's lives directly or indirectly. The author takes a very unambiguous approach in order to demystify and also dispel common misconceptions of heart disease.
Audience: Through use of nonmedical jargon, he imparts a sound fund of knowledge to help steer patients and families to healthier lives. The book is a wonderful resource and sorely needed in such a rapidly evolving area of medicine.
Features: The book is surprisingly comprehensive with thorough discussions of coronary artery disease, arrhythmias and management, newly discovered risk factors such as Lp(a), CRP, and coronary calcium scores. Many cutting-edge diagnostic tests such as cardiac MRI and CT angiography are explained, and their roles in heart disease evaluation are discussed. The book also examines invasive treatment modalities from evolving technologies in angioplasty, including drug eluting stents, to bypass and other surgical options.
Assessment: Finally, an inexpensive intelligently written resource that tackles this confusing topic is available to patients and their families. This nicely edited book is written in a fluid and seamless style, affording an effortless readability. This would be a superb resource for patients and families to help them confidently understand heart disease and play an active role in their own healthcare, becoming their own best doctors.
E-Streams - Sue Norman
Useful... almost everyone can easily comprehend this book... loaded with useful and concise information.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552979266
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/6/2004
  • Series: Your Personal Health Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Myers, MD, is the Director of the Schulich Heart Centre, the cardiovascular program at Sunnybrook and Women's College Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. The Normal Heart
  3. Risk Factors for Heart Disease
  4. Cardiac Testing
  5. Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Attacks
  6. Angioplasty and Bypass Surgery
  7. Arrhythmias
  8. Congestive Heart Failure
  9. Valve Disease and Valve Surgery
  10. Rehabilitation, Diet, Sex
  11. Medications
  12. Complementary Cardiac Medicine
  13. A Final Word
    Table of Drug Names
    Glossary
    Further Reading
    Index


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Preface

Introduction

Everyone knows someone with heart disease, whether that someone is a parent or sibling, boss or neighbor, friend or acquaintance. Heart ailments are so common, it is nearly impossible to remain untouched. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes, is the leading cause of death in North America. It is responsible for 37 percent of all deaths, and is the most common cause of death for those over sixty-five. At all ages, death rates from heart disease are much greater in men than in women.

Despite the morbid tone of the above, there is reason to be optimistic. The past thirty years have shown a dramatic decline in mortality (death) rates from heart disease. Between 1975 and 1995 (the date of the last available statistics), the mortality rate within the first thirty days after a heart attack dropped 63 percent. In other words, although heart disease strikes, we are now more likely to live with it than die from it.

Directly or indirectly, heart disease will affect everyone reading this book. How we deal with the problem is, in large part, a matter of education. Few of us spend enough time educating ourselves about common health problems. Ignorance may be bliss, but premature death is a more likely result. When it comes to health and disease, many people are mired in a lethal combination of fear and avoidance. This problem is compounded by the fact that sometimes physicians have trouble explaining medical concepts simply and clearly. If a famous writer like Stephen King wrote about heart ailments, more people would pay attention — although they still might end up too scared to do anything about them.

Too many books about cardiology — the branch of medicine related to heart problems — are as interesting as the instruction booklet for your new dishwasher. But cardiology, like medicine in general, is easier to understand than most people realize. The desire to learn, to read and to implement change will increase your longevity and improve your quality of life. The weeks it may take to navigate through, and understand, medical jargon can easily translate into a happier and healthier life.

In this book, the medical terms you need are defined in the text, and many also appear in the glossary at the end of the book. Complex topics are explained in a straightforward, everyday language. Drugs are indicated by their generic names, but common brand names are listed in the drug table at the end.

I hope you will take the time to read and reread this book. I believe you will also find it a useful reference. The small amount of time and effort required can help you, and those close to you, on the road to a happier, healthier life.

Rob Myers

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Introduction

Introduction

Everyone knows someone with heart disease, whether that someone is a parent or sibling, boss or neighbor, friend or acquaintance. Heart ailments are so common, it is nearly impossible to remain untouched. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes, is the leading cause of death in North America. It is responsible for 37 percent of all deaths, and is the most common cause of death for those over sixty-five. At all ages, death rates from heart disease are much greater in men than in women.

Despite the morbid tone of the above, there is reason to be optimistic. The past thirty years have shown a dramatic decline in mortality (death) rates from heart disease. Between 1975 and 1995 (the date of the last available statistics), the mortality rate within the first thirty days after a heart attack dropped 63 percent. In other words, although heart disease strikes, we are now more likely to live with it than die from it.

Directly or indirectly, heart disease will affect everyone reading this book. How we deal with the problem is, in large part, a matter of education. Few of us spend enough time educating ourselves about common health problems. Ignorance may be bliss, but premature death is a more likely result. When it comes to health and disease, many people are mired in a lethal combination of fear and avoidance. This problem is compounded by the fact that sometimes physicians have trouble explaining medical concepts simply and clearly. If a famous writer like Stephen King wrote about heart ailments, more people would pay attention -- although they still might end up too scared to do anything about them.

Too many books about cardiology --the branch of medicine related to heart problems -- are as interesting as the instruction booklet for your new dishwasher. But cardiology, like medicine in general, is easier to understand than most people realize. The desire to learn, to read and to implement change will increase your longevity and improve your quality of life. The weeks it may take to navigate through, and understand, medical jargon can easily translate into a happier and healthier life.

In this book, the medical terms you need are defined in the text, and many also appear in the glossary at the end of the book. Complex topics are explained in a straightforward, everyday language. Drugs are indicated by their generic names, but common brand names are listed in the drug table at the end.

I hope you will take the time to read and reread this book. I believe you will also find it a useful reference. The small amount of time and effort required can help you, and those close to you, on the road to a happier, healthier life.

Rob Myers

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