Heart Owner's Handbook


From one of the most respected cardiovascular research and education facilities in the world comes a personalized wellness program for your most important asset. Take the Institute's simple test to evaluate your heart's health and identify your individual risk factors. Then, use the easy-to-follow, step-by-step programs to improve your overall health. Specifics include:
* Exercise What kind you should do, and how much is enough (Chapters 2 and ...

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From one of the most respected cardiovascular research and education facilities in the world comes a personalized wellness program for your most important asset. Take the Institute's simple test to evaluate your heart's health and identify your individual risk factors. Then, use the easy-to-follow, step-by-step programs to improve your overall health. Specifics include:
* Exercise What kind you should do, and how much is enough (Chapters 2 and 15)
* Weight Control What body type are you? A practical approach to attaining a healthy weight (Chapters 4 and 16)
* Managing Stress How to measure and reduce it (Chapters 7 and 18)
* Controlling High Blood Pressure How to detect it, and what to do about it (Chapter 8)
* Lowering Your Cholesterol Count How much is too much, and how you can control it (Chapter 9)
* Nutrition and Recipes The latest guide-lines and 31 delicious, heart-smart recipes (Chapters 3 and 21)
* The Differences Between Men's and Women's Heart Health Pregnancy and childbearing, hormones, menopause, and their relationship to heart disease (Chapter 11)
* Diagnosis and Treatment How to recognize the symptoms of heart disease, what to ask your doctor, and the facts about heart surgery and drug therapy (Chapters 23, 26, and 35)

"...discusses those factors that can have a positive effect on heart health, such as exercise and physical health, good nutrition, weight control, and dealing with hypertension and stress."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Thorough and accessible, this manual from the prestigious Texas Heart Institute answers just about every question asked by the curious heart owner-male or female, young or old, healthy or hospitalized. Further, readers are invited to call the institute's free 800 number with queries. From the foreword, by Cooley, the institute's founder and surgeon-in-chief, to the user-friendly glossary, the tone is authoritative and encouraging. The handbook format-short chapters, prominent headings, tables and lots of lists-allows easy browsing. Focusing at first on prevention, the text opens with a do-it-yourself at-risk analysis. Advice on reducing risk through lifestyle changes is pretty standard and includes specific programs for lowering dietary fat and blood cholesterol and programs for physical fitness, quitting smoking and for weight and stress management. The book's final section, which shifts from prevention to treatment, focuses on understanding the cardiovascular system, heart disease symptoms, diagnostic techniques and surgical options. An annotated resource directory is included. (Feb.)
Library Journal
The staff of the Texas Heart Institute has organized this book around a "good health triangle": getting the best available information on how lifestyle affects the heart; following an informed plan of heart-health risk control; and ensuring that proper medical care is sought as soon and as often as needed. Methods of evaluating personal risk factors and management techniques for each are given. Heart-smart personal programs including diet, exercise, stress management, alcohol use, and abstinence from smoking and drugs are described. The cardiovascular system is explained, and information about the more common diseases is aired. A glossary and an appendix of resources for more information are included. While not as good as the Yale University School of Medicine Heart Book (LJ 3/1/92), this is comparable to Harvey Simon's Conquering Heart Disease (LJ 9/1/94) and is an excellent resource.-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471044208
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/21/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

THE TEXAS HEART INSTITUTE, located in Houston, is one of the largest, most respected heart research and educational facilities in the world. The Institute's breakthrough research in heart surgery, transplants, diagnosis, and medical treatment has set worldwide standards in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.

DENTON A. COOLEY, M.D., founder and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Texas Heart Institute, is internationally known for his pioneering work in cardiovascular surgery. In 1968, Dr. Cooley and his team performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States, and, a year later, implanted the first artificial heart in a human being.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 How Healthy Is Your Heart? 3
Ch. 2 Exercise and Physical Fitness 13
Ch. 3 Good Nutrition 25
Ch. 4 Weight Control 45
Ch. 5 No More Smoking and Tobacco 51
Ch. 6 Moderate or No Drinking and No Illegal Drugs 59
Ch. 7 Stress 69
Ch. 8 Hypertension 77
Ch. 9 Cholesterol and Triglycerides 93
Ch. 10 Diabetes 103
Ch. 11 Gender 113
Ch. 12 Age 121
Ch. 13 Genetic Factors 129
Ch. 14 Getting Your Program Started and Keeping Yourself Going 139
Ch. 15 Achieving Physical Fitness 145
Ch. 16 Controlling Your Weight 169
Ch. 17 Quitting Smoking 181
Ch. 18 Managing Stress 191
Ch. 19 Basic Tips 201
Ch. 20 Heart-Healthy Recipes 207
Ch. 21 What to Do If You Think Someone Is Having a Heart Attack 223
Ch. 22 How to Choose and Work with Your Doctor 235
Ch. 23 The Cardiovascular System 241
Ch. 24 The Symptoms of Heart Disease 251
Ch. 25 Congenital Heart Disease 257
Ch. 26 Diseases of the Heart Muscle 275
Ch. 27 Arrhythmias 285
Ch. 28 Diseases of the Heart Valves 293
Ch. 29 Coronary Artery Disease, Angina, and Heart Attacks 303
Ch. 30 Diseases of the Peripheral Arteries and Veins 315
Ch. 31 Heart Failure 323
Ch. 32 Diagnosing Heart Diseases 329
Ch. 33 Heart Surgery 337
Ch. 34 Recovering from Heart Surgery or Heart Disease 347
Appendix Resources for More Information 355
Glossary 365
Selected References 377
Index 389
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