Heart Fitness for Life: The Essential Guide for Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease / Edition 1

Heart Fitness for Life: The Essential Guide for Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease / Edition 1

by Mary P. McGowan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195129091

ISBN-13: 9780195129090

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this groundbreaking volume, Dr. Mary McGowan draws on her years of clinical experience in working with real patients to create a proven, livable program for preventing and reversing cardiac disease. Heart Fitness for Life offers a comprehensive and down-to-earth life plan that includes:
* A 20 percent fat diet—which gets results because it is strict

Overview

In this groundbreaking volume, Dr. Mary McGowan draws on her years of clinical experience in working with real patients to create a proven, livable program for preventing and reversing cardiac disease. Heart Fitness for Life offers a comprehensive and down-to-earth life plan that includes:
* A 20 percent fat diet—which gets results because it is strict enough to make a difference but lenient enough for real people to stick with it
* A selection of delicious and easy low-fat recipes developed by a professional chef—including pizzas, pasta, and desserts
* A detailed investigation into the genetic basis of high blood cholesterol—and what to do about it
* A non-judgmental and supportive approach to cholesterol and blood pressure medications that explains when taking medication is appropriate and even necessary
* An energizing section on making exercise an exciting and fulfilling part of one's life, developed in tandem with an exercise physiologist
* A concrete plan for giving up smoking—that really works!
* An analysis of the connection between stress and heart disease, with tested stress-reduction techniques developed by a psychiatrist
And, at the core of Heart Fitness for Life are the stories of nine patients, ordinary men and women, who took on the challenge of fighting heart disease with Dr. McGowan's program—and who have won extraordinary victories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195129090
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xiii
Introduction 3(7)
Am I at Risk for Developing Heart Disease?
10(30)
High Cholesterol and Early Heart Disease---It May Be Your Genes The Casses of Susan and Lorraine
26(14)
A Heart-Healthy Diet: Planning the Diet You Can Live With
40(47)
Using Diet to Increase Your Odds The Case of Jack
77(10)
Making Exercise a Lifetime Commitment
87(33)
Basic Stretches
106(2)
High Triglycerides and Low HDL Cholesterol---The Impact of Exercise and Other Lifestyle Changes on Cardiac Risk The Case of Wayne
108(12)
Quitting: A Tough Task with Great Rewards
120(24)
When Smoking and Genes Don't Mix The Case of George
132(12)
Estrogen Replacement Therapy and Your Heart: Sorting Out the Risks and Benefits
144(16)
Too Little Estrogen The Case of Patricia
151(9)
Reducing Stress in Your Life
160(25)
Diabetes, Stress, and the Heart The Case of Bill
178(7)
Elevated Blood Pressure: What Can You Do to Lower Your Level?
185(15)
Sometimes Diet and Exercise Can Doi It All The Case of Jim
191(9)
The Crucial Role of Medications in Lowering Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
200(35)
The Importance of Knowing All Your Risk Factors The Case of Hans
227(8)
Recipes 235(52)
Appendix 287(2)
Glossary 289(6)
Suggested Reading 295(12)
Index 307

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