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Agatston (medicine, Univ. of Miami; The South Beach Diet) adds yet another book to his successful series. A cardiologist for more than 30 years, Agatston focuses his expertise on what he knows best: maintaining a healthy heart. He espouses four preventive techniques: diet, exercise, diagnostic tests, and medications. The first half of the book includes Agatston's reasoning for utilizing these preventive measures, documented studies and patient testimonials, a gender-specific questionnaire, and information on when invasive surgeries such as angiograms and angioplasties might be necessary. The second part is devoted to Agatston's four-step plan, with a basic overview and sample meal plans from the South Beach Diet, a detailed workout regimen of walking and Pilates-based exercises, and discussions of which medical tests are most important in monitoring one's heart and which prescription and over-the-counter medications (and supplements) are most beneficial and why. Those previously reluctant to take medications won't necessarily be persuaded by Agatston's confidence, and the diet chapter is too slight for most to grasp—but ultimately, Agatston's popularity makes this a necessary purchase for public libraries.
—Jennifer Johnston Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information