Taking on Heart Disease

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Overview

More than 60 million people in the United States currently suffer from some form of heart disease. And even though the risk for the disease can be drastically reduced through changes in lifestyle and diet, the number of people with heart disease continues to grow. In an effort to reverse this deadly trend, Larry King has joined some of America's favorite celebrities from the worlds of sports, politics, journalism, music, and entertainment to reveal their highly personal stories of struggling with—and overcoming—heart disease. From the early warning signs, to the diagnosis, to the process of recovery and renewal, each celebrity reveals how he or she became a heart disease survivor.

Told in their own words, these candid accounts by some of America's most beloved celebrities offer inspiration, hope, and practical wisdom for anyone whose life has been touched by heart disease. This wise book also includes the latest advice from the celebrities' doctors—who are among the best in the world—on the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579548209
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry King

Larry King is the host of CNN's Larry King Live, the first worldwide phone-in TV talk show and the network's highest-rated program. A veteran of more than 45 years in broadcasting, Mr. King is an Emmy Award winner and author of multiple books. He is also the founder of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which provides funding for lifesaving cardiac procedures for individuals unable to afford them. Mr. King is donating a substantial portion of his proceeds from the sale of this book to the foundation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xv
Part I Early Warning Signs and Risk Factors 1
Time Is Muscle 8
13
Factoring In the Risks 19
Fast Facts: Women and Heart Disease 22
25
Living with a Pacemaker 32
35
"It Can't Be Heart Disease...I'm a Woman!" 40
Different Symptoms, but the Same Disease 48
51
Heart Attack Symptoms 54
Angioplasty 101 63
Part II The Diagnosis 67
79
Blood Donations and Cell Salvage 84
Four Things to Know About "The Tube" 94
97
"9-1-1? I think I'm having a heart attack ..." 105
109
Putting the Music on Hold 114
When Your Child Has Heart Problems 118
Investigating the Power of Prayer 126
129
Pregnancy and Heart Disease 134
Living with a Defibrillator 145
AEDs: When Seconds Count 147
151
Part III Short-Term Recovery 163
171
The Laughter Lifeline 176
183
Promoting Heart Health from the Sidelines 188
Cardiac Rehabilitation Classes 196
199
Five Questions to Ask Your Cardiologist 206
Part IV Surviving and Thriving 209
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227
Living Life with Tachycardia 232
235
On the Trail of a Deadly Diet Drug 242
245
A Revolutionary Test for Detecting Heart Disease 248
251
Angiogenesis: The Body's Natural "Bypass" 260
263
Depression and Recovery 274
Photo Credits 276
Index 277
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