Recovering from Heart Disease in Body and Mind: Medical and Psychological Strategies for Living

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" Cowritten by a psychiatrist and a cardiologist, this book eXamines both the medical and psychological ramifications of coronary heart disease, providing specific physical, mental, and

Authors report experiences of 6 survivors, their recupera- tion, rehab & recovery; physical & emotional healing; more.

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A guide for heart attack survivors and their families, looking at emotional and psychological aspects of heart attack recovery from the point of view of six survivors of coronary events as they journey through rehabilitation of mind, body, and spirit. Explains physical and medical issues, and discusses stress, anxiety, and depression, offering stress management and relaxation techniques and discussions on the relationship between body and mind. Baker is a psychiatrist at the Toronto Hospital, Canada. Dorian is a cardiologist at St. Michael's Hospital, Canada. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737303605
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Foreword xv
Chapter 1 Preparing for the Journey: About This Book and How to Use It
Why did we write this book? 1
Who is our intended reader? 3
How is this book different from other books on heart disease? 4
Part 1 The Guide
Chapter 2 Guide to the Journey: An Introduction
What you need to know about "The Guide" 11
Forum (Tony): Does awareness help? 16
Chapter 3 Event
What's wrong with Anna? 21
What happened? 22
What, in fact, happened to my heart? 24
What happened to me?! 27
What to expect 31
Forum (Anna): Dealing with the event 32
Chapter 4 Aftermath
Rose is lost 38
Where am I? 39
Where am I medically? 40
Where am I emotionally? 43
Family concerns 45
Forum (Rose): Lost and found 47
Chapter 5 Recuperation
Is Mary healing? 52
The body heals 54
The mind reacts 63
Family matters 72
Achieving a balance 73
Forum (Mary): Finding the path of healing 78
Chapter 6 Rehabilitation
What can Joe do? 85
An approach to rehabilitation 88
The fork in the road 91
The importance of adaptive denial 92
The magic of empowerment 93
The secret of empowerment: Structured activity 94
Can I prevent my CAD from recurring or progressing? 97
Family concerns 98
A guide to the rehab programs 100
Slippage 112
Forum (Joe): Getting into gear 113
Chapter 7 Recovery
Has Kevin recovered? 121
Home at last 123
Can I recover from CAD? 123
What is realistic recovery? 125
What do I still need to do? 127
The challenge of maintenance 129
Family note 130
Keeping a balance 131
Forum (Kevin): Looking back and looking forward 134
Part 2 Directions
Chapter 8 What You Need to Know about "Directions": An Introduction 145
Chapter 9 Heart: Key Physical Issues for Those with Heart Disease
What is heart disease? 149
What to do in an emergency 158
What happens when you go to the hospital? 160
Tests often performed on patients with heart disease 162
Surgical procedures often performed on patients with heart disease 167
Medications often prescribed for patients with heart disease 169
Your team of professionals 181
Medical research 184
Risk factors for coronary heart disease 188
Women and heart disease 203
Chapter 10 Mind: Key Emotional Issues for Those with Heart Disease
Anxiety 206
Depression 210
Stress and CAD 216
Stress management and the seven vulnerabilities 219
Stress and heart disease: A patient's personal view 237
When to seek counseling, and from whom 242
Psychiatric emergency 245
Chapter 11 Heart to Mind: Three Dialogues between Cardiology and Psychiatry about the Journey to Recovery
The third way 246
Themes of healing 252
Ready for rehabilitation 260
Chapter 12 Six Journeys
Tony: "What--me worry?" 265
Anna: "Repeated episodes" 270
Rose: "When you don't get back to normal" 275
Mary: "Ms Busy" 278
Joe: "Joe is stalled" 281
Kevin: "Mr Reactive" 283
Recommended Reading 289
Glossary 293
Index 306
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