The American Heart Association Guide to Heart Attack Treatment: The Most up to Date Information on Treatment Recovery Prevention

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A heart attack is a dramatic, defining moment for everyone who experiences it. You may have trouble coming to terms with what happened, and of course you're worried that you might have another attack. You may not understand just what lies ahead. Here, in clear, straightforward language, the American Heart Association gives you answers to the many questions you have about your own health—or that of someone you love.

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Overview

A heart attack is a dramatic, defining moment for everyone who experiences it. You may have trouble coming to terms with what happened, and of course you're worried that you might have another attack. You may not understand just what lies ahead. Here, in clear, straightforward language, the American Heart Association gives you answers to the many questions you have about your own health—or that of someone you love.

This reassuring and indispensable guide covers every aspect of a heart attack and its aftermath in understandable language. First, you will learn the warning signs to watch for and find out just what happens during a heart attack. Next, the American Heart Association takes you through every stage of treatment in the hospital, including which medications and other methods of treatment your doctor is likely to use.

After addressing your most immediate concerns, this guide also helps you with the critical long-term decisions that will have the most bearing on your future health: the benefits and risks of interventional surgery, diet and lifestyle changes that can help prevent future attacks, the critical warning signs of future attacks, and ways of coping with the inevitable emotional strain a heart attack causes. You'll also find first-person accounts from heart attack survivors who have been through every aspect of treatment, recovery, and prevention. These stories will show you how others have made the difficult decisions after a heart attack, inspire you to make the important changes, and help you gain a fresh perspective on a condition that affects over 1.25 million Americans a year.

A heart attack is indeed a life-altering experience. Butby no means is it the end of life as you know it. With clear plans and the will to succeed, you can change your life—for the better. The American Heart Association gives you the information, inspiration, and guidance your need to move toward a healthier, happier future.

"...an accessible guide that answers all the questions as it explains every step of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery... essential reading for anyone at risk or living with the reality of a heart attack."

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Each year more than 1.5 million people in the United States suffer a heart attack; about one-third of them die. Survivors of this frightening experience and their families seek reassurance and practical information to help them prevent another attack. The American Heart Association (AHA), the preeminent author of numerous consumer-oriented books, provides a guide to understanding what happens during a heart attack and what one can expect during recovery. This book is written in easy-to-read lay language and is geared to a general audience. The emphasis is on "taking stock and taking charge" for a complete and total recovery. The hospital experience is highlighted and surgical techniques explained along with nonsurgical interventions. Major risk factors, tips and encouragement for making serious lifestyle changes, and medications to prevent another attack are all covered. Personal vignettes are interwoven throughout the text to illustrate how various survivors have dealt with the heart attack experience. Though there is considerable overlap between this title and AHA's Your Heart: An Owner's Manual (Prentice-Hall, 1995), this book complements other AHA publications, including the Family Guide to Stroke Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention. Recommended for consumer health collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/96.]Sue Hollander, UIC Lib. of the Health Sciences, Rockford, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812929782
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/27/1998
  • Series: American Heart Association Series
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and stroke.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Taking Stock, Taking Charge
Ch. 1 What Happens During a Heart Attack - and Why 3
Ch. 2 The Hospital Experience 35
Ch. 3 Medications 60
Ch. 4 Considering Surgery or Other Interventions 86
Ch. 5 Getting Better Day by Day 104
Ch. 6 Assessing Your Progress 112
Ch. 7 The Risk Factor Connection 123
Ch. 8 Cigarettes and Heart Disease - Calling It Quits 153
Ch. 9 Nutrition 180
Ch. 10 Exercise 223
Ch. 11 The Role of Stress 248
Ch. 12 Coping with Emotional Aspects of Heart Attack 258
Ch. 13 Being Prepared 268
App Eating Out 275
Index 281
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