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“An inspirational and informative book.” Denton A. Cooley, M.D., president and surgeon-in-chief of the Texas Heart Institute in Houston
“Larry King has done it again. The personal stories in this book provide useful information and hope for multitudes of people who are at risk for, or victims of, heart disease. I salute Larry for helping to mend broken hearts.” P.K. Shah, M.D., Shapell and Webb chair and director of the Cardiology and Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
“This book provides a unique perspective on heart disease.... There's still an exceptional need for greater awareness....” Eric J. Topol, M.D., provost of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, chief academic officer at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and professor of medicine and genetics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland
Since King underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, he has worked hard to convey the message that people can fight heart disease if they are willing to change their lifestyle. That's the lesson from this collection of stories from more than a dozen celebrities in the entertainment, sports and political world. Readers will enjoy learning how Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peggy Fleming, Regis Philbin, Walter Cronkite, Joyce Carol Oates and others have waged their own battles with heart disease. Their candid contributions, segmented into such sections as Early Warning Signs, The Diagnosis, and Surviving and Thriving, reveal their rarely seen human sides. One common factor that bonds them all together is the wake-up call that heart disease has played in their lives. For example, after former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda had a heart attack, he decided to "face facts" and retire from his beloved post. "I said, `Uh-uh. I want to live and see my granddaughter graduate from college.... All great things have to come to an end.' " In addition to the firsthand accounts, there are contributions from the celebrities' physicians (who are among the top cardiologists in the country), in which they spell out, in layman's terms, the medical implications of each celebrity's heart condition. The stories will provide advice, comfort and hope to readers facing their own heart problems. King deserves credit for being a catalyst in encouraging the public to come to terms with heart disease. 22 b&w photos not seen by PW. (May) Forecast: King's book could be a popular Father's Day gift. Rodale will promote it in Prevention and Men's Health, and King will do a 20-city TV satellite and drive-time radio tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Like many Americans, talk-show host King believed that heart problems only happened to other people-until his heart attack in 1987. Here, he intersperses his journey through heart disease treatment, progress, and rehabilitation with the experiences of other famous people (e.g., Peggy Fleming, Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Kate Jackson, Tommy Lasorda, and Victoria Gotti), who found that fame and fortune did not protect them from the country's leading killer. These firsthand accounts-along with the comments by physicians-result in an eminently readable text that covers a variety of heart conditions and highlights key points. The narratives also impart basic information about heart disease, available treatments, and the physical and emotional strain that comes from dealing with acute and chronic disease. While many books take the form of either a personal narrative or a guide, this volume combines both formats in an absorbing read; those who suffer from such heart conditions as tachycardia will be able to relate to the celebrities' stories. Strongly recommended for all consumer health collections.-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans' Hosp., Tampa Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.