Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease

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Reverse Your Heart Disease in Just Eight Weeks by Harnessing the Power of the Mediterranean Diet

If you’re one of the 13 million Americans who have survived a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, Dr. Janet Bond Brill offers a delicious and foolproof plan that can lower your risk of a second heart attack by up to 70 percent.  Inspired by the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, the Prevent a Second Heart Attack Plan is based on ...

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Overview

Reverse Your Heart Disease in Just Eight Weeks by Harnessing the Power of the Mediterranean Diet

If you’re one of the 13 million Americans who have survived a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, Dr. Janet Bond Brill offers a delicious and foolproof plan that can lower your risk of a second heart attack by up to 70 percent.  Inspired by the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, the Prevent a Second Heart Attack Plan is based on satisfaction, rather than deprivation.   

Backed by cutting edge research, Dr. Brill explains:

   • Why the Mediterranean diet is the gold standard of heart-healthy eating
   • How “good carbs” such as oatmeal and popcorn lower bad cholesterol, prevent high blood pressure, and control your weight
   • The science behind eating fish for heart health
   • Why having a glass of red wine with dinner is great for your heart—and which wines are the best choices
   • The easiest, most delicious daily habit that will cut your heart attack risk
Packed with every tool you need to eat your way to better heart health--including daily checklists, a complete two-week eating plan, and dozens of mouthwatering recipes to suit every meal, taste, and budget—Prevent a Second Heart Attack provides you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to live long and enjoy the good life, the heart healthy way.
 
JANET BOND BRILL, Ph.D., R.D., LDN, is a diet, nutrition, and fitness expert who has appeared on national television.  She is the author of Cholesterol Down: 10 Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol In 4 Weeks Without Prescription Drugs, and specializes in cardiovascular disease prevention.  Dr. Brill lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Cholesterol Down, nutrition and fitness expert Brill simplified lowering blood cholesterol levels to four weeks and 10 steps. Here, she reduces confusing dietary guidelines typically given to post–heart attack patients to a two-month regime aiming to minimize risk factors ("good" and "bad" cholesterol ratios; blood pressure levels; inflammation; weight; etc.). Brill's focus is dual: preventing a second heart attack and creating a lifestyle that works in tandem with prescribed medications. Contending that low-fat diets and most supplements are ineffective and programs touted in bestsellers and the media (Pritikin, Ornish) prove too restrictive for many patients, Brill offers a Mediterranean-style diet incorporating liberal daily servings of eight "superfood" groups: healthy fats, vegetables, fruit, legumes, seafood, walnuts and flaxseeds, whole grains, and moderate amounts of red wine. Brill's primer on plaque, which she states can begin to build up before birth, is alarming, but her confidence in reversing cardiovascular disease will encourage readers to make significant lifestyle changes. To ensure they do so, Brill throws in a bonus superfood: dark chocolate, a treat, she advises, to be consumed daily. (Feb.)
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“This is an important book. Dr. Brill has managed to combine an enormous body of scientific literature [that] establishes the profound links between heart health and nutrition with a highly practical, motivational, and user-friendly approach. If every American followed the principles found in this book, we could substantially reduce the burden of heart disease in our country.”
—James M. Rippe, MD, cardiologist, founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute

“Dr. Brill provides an engaging and informative book for patients and providers alike. This exceptional book provides easy-to-read information on nutrition and heart disease, practical approaches to heart healthy living, and tools to help patients successfully reduce heart-disease risk. I will recommend this book most highly to all my patients.”
—JoAnne M. Foody, M.D., FACC, FAHA, medical director of Cardiovascular Wellness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“For the thirteen million Americans who have survived a heart attack or are diagnosed with heart disease, this book is a MUST read! In [a] thorough, thoughtful, evidence-based, user-friendly approach, Dr. Brill presents the eight key foods and lifestyle changes needed to CONQUER heart disease. This book provides the roadmap to successfully navigating the way to a long healthy life after a heart attack.”
—Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., FACC, FAHA, cardiologist, coauthor of Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas

“A superb resource for health professionals and consumers! Dr. Brill covers it all! I will recommend her book wholeheartedly to my patients who want science-based guidelines to keep their hearts healthy naturally with nutritious foods and exercise.”
—Georgia Kostas, MPH, RD, LD, author of The Cooper Clinic Solution to the Diet Revolution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307465252
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 363,954
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Annabelle Volgman ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part I How You Got Heart Disease in the First Place

1 Making the Transition from Sickness to Health 11

2 Atherosclerosis: A Story of Inflammation, Plaque, and Death of a Heart Muscle 27

3 The Science Behind the Solution 51

Part II Reversing Heart Disease with Eight Foods and Exercise

Section 1 Foods that Harm the Arteries

4 Beware the Plaque-Building Foods: Red Meat, Cream, Butter, Eggs, and Cheese 67

Section 2 Foods that Heal the Arteries

5 Heart-Healthy Food Number 1: Extra Virgin Olive Oil 93

6 Heart-Healthy Food Number 2: Greens and Other Vegetables 109

7 Heart-Healthy Food Number 3: Figs and Other Fruit 126

8 Heart-Healthy Food Number 4: Lentils and Other Legumes 138

9 Heart-Healthy Food Number 5: Salmon and Other Seafood 153

10 Heart-Healthy Food Number 6: Walnuts and Flaxseeds 172

11 Heart-Healthy Food Number 7: Oatmeal and Other Whole Grains 187

12 Heart-Healthy Food Number 8: Pinot Noir and Other Red Wine 203

13 A Heart-Healthy Bonus: Dark Chocolate 220

Section 3 Stay Active: Movement = Heart Health

14 Heart-Healthy Exercise: Walking 237

Part III The Prevent a Second Heart Attack Plan in Action

Section 1 14-Day Meal Plan

15 Meal Plan-14 Days of Eating Your Way Back to Health 259

Section 2 Recipes

16 Prevent a Second Heart Attack Recipes 269

Prevent a Second Heart Attack Daily Checklist 330

Notes 333

Index 357

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    A Delicious, Easy and Cost-Effective Way to Improve Your Health!

    This book is packed full of useful information. Dr. Brill carefully explains the "How" and the "Why" the vessel damage occurs. More importantly, she thoroughly explains what you can do to prevent another cardiovascular episode. The book is full of tips for adopting a healthier diet. She includes a sample meal plan and over 50 delicious recipes to help you eat the Mediterranean way ("Dr. Janet's Roasted Red Pepper Hummus" is superb and a new family favorite of ours!). The Mediterranean-style eating plan that Dr. Brill describes is a delicious, easy and cost-effective way to improve your health and prevent a second heart attack. As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator working in the areas of public health and long-term care, I see the end results of poor dietary habits on a daily basis. This book will not only be useful to those who have had a heart attack, but to anyone who wants to adopt a healthier way of eating. It will be especially useful for anyone with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes. Research has shown that people with Diabetes, even Pre-Diabetes, are much more likely to have a cardiac episode. In fact, the risk for having a second heart attack is twice as likely in someone who has diabetes. I am highly recommend this book to my clients, especially those who are living with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes This is not a "diet" plan. It is a delicious lifestyle that can easily be adopted and followed for life! Angela Ellis Lamberson, MS, RD, LDN, CDE Nutrition Pair, LLC

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended- A MUST Read!

    The material in the book is well researched and presented in an easy to read format. As a fellow dietitian, I will definitely be recommending this book to my clients. Dr. Janet has provided valuable and simple tools that can be applied to improve our quality of life. This book is not just for someone with a risk for heart disease. The book includes key foods, exercise tips, 14 day meal plan and recipes. It is a wonderful resource towards a heart healthy lifestyle! NutritionEducator

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Eight delicious foods to better heart health!

    Dr. Janet Bond Brill's "Prevent a Second Heart Attack" is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to reverse, or even prevent, heart disease. She recommends eight foods (plus a yummy bonus!) to prevent the risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Dr. Janet's message is clear: Eating healthfully can be delicious and fun. Inspired by the Mediterranean/Greek diet, her recommended foods guarantee that you won't go hungry or feel deprived. She writes about atherosclerosis and nutrition so effortlessly that you don't get bogged down in the science. Yet, she supports every claim she makes with ample and solid research. She breaks the easy-to-read book down into the following three sections: 1. How you got heart disease in the first place: a detailed background on heart disease 2. Reversing heart disease with EIGHT foods and exercise: a step-by-step guide on why you should eat these specific foods and how to fit them into your diet 3. The Prevent a Second Heart Attack plan in action: 14-day meal plan and recipes This book is chock full of pertinent information you NEED to know to prevent a second cardiovascular event. When reading this book, it is evident that preventing heart disease-and the occurrence of a second heart attack-with diet is Dr. Janet's true passion. And, she shares that passion with great anecdotes, solid research, a tasty meal plan and mouth-watering recipes for delicious and nourishing foods. As a fellow registered dietitian, I will be recommending "Prevent a Second Heart Attack" to my clients with heart disease. I'll also be adding some of her recipes to my menu repertoire.

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