Is It Worth Dying For?

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Is It Worth Dying For? is the most important examination of stress and its effects on health and disease in years. In this groundbreaking book, cardiologist Dr. Robert S. Eliot identifies "hot reactors"-apparently healthy people who overreact dangerously to such common occurrences as losing a tennis game or missing a train. If you are a "hot reactor," you can be responding to stress with an all-out physical effort that is taking a heavy toll on your health...without your even being aware of it. Based on more than...
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Is It Worth Dying For?: How To Make Stress Work For You - Not Against You

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Overview

Is It Worth Dying For? is the most important examination of stress and its effects on health and disease in years. In this groundbreaking book, cardiologist Dr. Robert S. Eliot identifies "hot reactors"-apparently healthy people who overreact dangerously to such common occurrences as losing a tennis game or missing a train. If you are a "hot reactor," you can be responding to stress with an all-out physical effort that is taking a heavy toll on your health...without your even being aware of it. Based on more than twenty years of research with thousands of patients, Is It Worth Dying For? takes stress management out of pop psychology and puts it into mainstream medicine. Dr. Eliot identifies the ways which stress affects the heart, the blood vessels, and the body and gives us new, objective ways of detecting stress before any damage is done. He offers a complete program for recognizing, reducing, and reversing the hidden effects of stress in your life-to make stress work for you, not against you.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553344264
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1989
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 322,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xix
Introduction 1
Part 1 Stress and the Hot Reactor
1 Stress: The Modern Epidemic 13
2 Stress in Action: How Your Body Responds 23
3 The Hot Reactors 36
4 Hot Reacting, High Blood Pressure, and Heart Attack 56
5 Are You a Hot Reactor? 66
Part 2 Learning to Manage Stress
6 Changing Your Self-Talks 95
7 Clarifying Your Values 112
8 Relaxing Your Body 121
9 Increasing Your Fitness 136
10 Making the Most of Support and Leisure 154
11 Eating Right 165
12 Managing Alcohol, Cigarettes, Caffeine, and Pills 194
13 Relieving Stress on the Job 209
14 Maintaining a Healthy Heart 223
Epilogue: It's Not Worth Dying For 233
Notes and Sources 236
Recommended Reading 243
Index 248
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