Seven Steps to Stop a Heart Attack

Seven Steps to Stop a Heart Attack

by Bob Arnot, Robert Burns Arnot, Dr Bob Arnot

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When Dr. Bob Arnot's father — himself a distinguished doctor — died of a massive heart attack, it came as a horrible shock. A heart attack can happen to anyone, but upon further investigation, Dr. Arnot came to believe that his father's death could have been prevented. The tragedy inspired Dr. Arnot to write this book, exploring all the very latest


When Dr. Bob Arnot's father — himself a distinguished doctor — died of a massive heart attack, it came as a horrible shock. A heart attack can happen to anyone, but upon further investigation, Dr. Arnot came to believe that his father's death could have been prevented. The tragedy inspired Dr. Arnot to write this book, exploring all the very latest developments in medical science, many of which have come to light only recently, and developing steps that can help people avoid his father's fate. Dr. Bob discusses how to:

  • Know the warning signs
  • Determine your risk
  • Get the right diagnosis
  • Get the right medications
  • Get the right procedures

Based on extensive discussions with renowned experts in the field of cardiology, Seven Steps to Stop a Heart Attack covers all the risks, symptoms, procedures, and medications in prose that is clear, concise, and easy to follow. For a country in which half a million people die each year from heart attacks, this is a work of profound importance for the general public and physicians alike.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Not only is heart disease the number one cause of death in America, it's also a problem that can frequently be prevented. Tragically, however, one of its first symptoms is often sudden, unexpected death from a heart attack. In his ninth book (after The Breast Health Cookbook; The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan; etc.), Arnot aims to give readers the tools to ensure they're not among the patients who "fall through the cracks." He outlines his seven steps in straightforward chapters on detecting warning signs, determining risk, taking medication and more. Incorporating the sometimes contradictory opinions of various medical experts, he puts the responsibility of making an informed decision into readers' hands, explaining that physicians may miss telltale signs and hospitals may not be ready to deal with a particular problem (some, for example, aren't equipped for life-saving balloon therapy, so it pays to research local health care options before a crisis arises). There's no universal plan to treat heart disease, Arnot stresses, but he urges readers to become educated regarding their options and aggressive in the lifestyle changes that could save their lives. Agent, Dan Green at Pom. (Jan.) Forecast: Arnot is well-known not just for his books but for his media appearances on CBS This Morning, the Today Show and Dateline NBC, so readers wanting to bone up on heart health should trust his expertise. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
For many, the first symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD) is the last-sudden death. As noted here by Arnot (The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan), of the 1.5 million people who have heart attacks each year, approximately a third die. In one of the best overviews this reviewer has ever read on the risks and warning signs of CAD, Arnot compellingly details the risk factors (e.g., metabolic syndrome, or Syndrome X), diagnostic tests for each risk factor, who should request them, and how results should be interpreted. He also presents a thoughtful discussion of medications and other therapies and outlines questions that patients should ask their healthcare providers. Arnot frequently points out that heart disease is a "lifestyle disease" and that diet and exercise are among the most powerful prescriptions to combat it. Unfortunately, he doesn't mention a recent Stanford University report showing that many physicians don't feel they have the experience or the knowledge to counsel patients on either of those topics. Still, this is a solid book, based on the most current medical research and interviews with noted cardiologists. Highly recommended for consumer health collections in public and academic libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/04.]-Howard Fuller, Stanford Health Lib., Palo Alto, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Seven Steps to Stop a Heart Attack

By Dr. Bob Arnot

Simon & Schuster

Copyright © 2004 Dr. Bob Arnot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743225570


In a small village in northern Italy called Limone sul Garda live people with astonishingly little heart disease. Their bodies produce a protein called ApoA-I Milano. This protein appears to be as close to a miracle substance as has even been found in the century-long history of modern cardiology. ApoA-I Milano strikes at the epicenter of heart disease, the soft fatty core of the blockages found in coronary arteries. ApoA-I Milano rapidly mobilizes cholesterol and transports it away, sharply decreasing the size of the blockage. What truly blows researchers away is how quickly ApoA-I Milano works.

The conventional wisdom is that it takes many years of rigorous dieting, exercise, and medications even to begin to make a dent in lowering cholesterol. Yet ApoA-I works in as little as forty-eight hours!

This has completely revolutionized the thinking of cardiologists like the Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Steven Nissen, who now sees coronary artery disease as a tremendously dynamic condition capable of breathtaking changes in very short periods of time. Just five weekly treatments of ApoA-I Milano, called ETC-216 in its pharmaceutical form, in human beings produced significant regression of coronary artery disease. ApoA-I has been used alone, but already cardiologists are planning to use it with other lifesaving medications such as statins. The future of heart disease therapy may look like that of certain cancers cures -- a cocktail of drugs, each hitting a different target. The up-and-coming heart disease cocktails will cure the disease, say many of the nation's top cardiologists, entirely preventing heart attacks and deaths from heart disease in much of the population -- if begun early enough.

New miracle drugs are even more critical to immediate lifesaving efforts. Doctors used to think of coronary artery disease as discrete blockages in the arteries that could be easily seen on coronary angiograms and treated with surgery or balloon therapy. Now a new research device called intravascular ultrasound paints a much more alarming picture. While a single large blockage may be visible on an angiogram, there may be dozens of submerged plaques that show only as small blockages or don't show at all. The ultrasound shows that the submerged plaques are huge. In effect, it's like having the street in front of your house lined with dozens of improvised explosive devices, mines and grenades, any one of which could explode at any moment. You may see one at the end of your driveway, but all the rest are buried.

The smartest strategy is to defuse these explosive devices. Diffusing an entire artery can be done only with medication or by completely bypassing it. Fortunately, as you'll read in the chapter on medications, this can be done quickly and effectively.

The most stunning development in the long history of cardiology may be the breathtaking new miracle drugs that can save your life in weeks. That's the good news. The bad news is that the vast majority of Americans with heart disease are not following even the most basic course of action -- with tragic results. Many of us need a highly customized treatment program, but few receive it. It's a lesson I learned the hard way, in the case of my own father, who died suddenly, tragically, and unexpectedly before I researched and wrote this book.

This book will help you become a smart consumer, able to navigate the treacherous shoals of modern cardiology, whether you are at low, moderate, or high risk.

It works. Using the exact steps in this book, my mother's life was miraculously saved when heart disease came within minutes of killing her.

Copyright © 2005 by Dr. Bob Arnot


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Meet the Author

Dr. Bob Arnot is currently an NBC news correspondent and one of the most recognized names in the medical and health professions. A bestselling author, Dr. Arnot has published nine books, including Wear and Tear, The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan, The Breast Health Cookbook, The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet, and The Biology of Success.

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