Living with Coronary Heart Disease: A Guide for Patients and Familiesby Jerome E. Granato
Coronary heart disease kills more people in the United States than any other heart disorder, and it is the leading cause of death among American women. Jerome E. Granato, a distinguished cardiologist with more than twenty-five years of experience, has created an authoritative and accessible guide to this common condition, providing patients and their families with
Coronary heart disease kills more people in the United States than any other heart disorder, and it is the leading cause of death among American women. Jerome E. Granato, a distinguished cardiologist with more than twenty-five years of experience, has created an authoritative and accessible guide to this common condition, providing patients and their families with insight and advice.
Dr. Granato begins by describing the basic science of the disease, known also as atherosclerosis, in which arteries become clogged and damaged. He then explains who is at risk and how the disease is detected and diagnosed. He covers all the treatment options, from medications to surgery, and answers such questions as:
• How do I know if I have coronary heart disease?• What is a heart attack?• Does my condition need to be treated with surgery?• What are the benefits and risks of balloon angioplasty?• What are stents and how do they work?• How can I manage my condition for the future?
He addresses the needs of specific populations, and concludes by discussing how a healthy diet and regular exercise can influence health before and after treatment and how it can help prevent disease.
Even after coronary heart disease is diagnosed, its course can be modified. This valuable resource will help patients and their families make some of the most important health care decisions they will ever face.
The recent death of Tim Russert highlights the hidden dangers of heart disease. Cardiologist Granato strives to describe the many interlocking factors that can harm the coronary arteries and lead to devastating consequences for individuals. He explains the physical structure of the heart's arteries, why cholesterol is usually blamed as the primary cause of coronary disease, and how heart attacks occur. Granato discusses medicine based on clinical trials, highlighting how research has contributed to knowledge about heart disease and its causes: high cholesterol, vascular inflammation, heredity, hormones, diabetes, and smoking. Tests to diagnose problems are described, medications and surgical treatments are covered, and the illustrations are good. While at a high reading level, this book is excellent at explaining the causes of heart disease and the science behind diagnosis and treatments. A good adjunct to more basic heart books such as Barry M. Cohen and Bobbie Hasselbring's Coronary Heart Disease. Recommended. (Color plates not seen.)
Janet M. Schneider
Meet the Author
Jerome E. Granato, M.D., F.A.C.C., is medical director of the coronary care unit at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Council on Clinical Cardiology at the American Heart Association.
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A comprehensive and understandable guide. All the information you need to manage your symptoms and live your best life.