Yale University School of Medicine Heart Book

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From one of the country's finest schools of medicine comes the most comprehensive, authoritative, and practical lay reference guide to the heart ever published. For the more than sixty-five million Americans affected by some form of cardiovascular disease and the millions of others concerned about their risk of heart disease, the Yale University School of Medicine Heart Book could well be a lifesaver, with indispensable information on the prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of our number one killer ...
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Overview

From one of the country's finest schools of medicine comes the most comprehensive, authoritative, and practical lay reference guide to the heart ever published. For the more than sixty-five million Americans affected by some form of cardiovascular disease and the millions of others concerned about their risk of heart disease, the Yale University School of Medicine Heart Book could well be a lifesaver, with indispensable information on the prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of our number one killer disease. Each of the twenty-nine chapters was written by a member of Yale's distinguished medical school faculty and staff. In clear, understandable language they provide answers such as how to recognize critical warning signs (and take preventive action) before a heart attack strikes, how to live a normal life after a heart attack, how to modify your diet to lower cholesterol and lose weight without destroying the pleasure of eating, and how to manage stress in today's anxiety-ridden world. There are special sections on tests and procedures as well as chapters on heart disease in women, the elderly, and children and young adults. A quick reference "Encyclopedia of Common Heart Disorders" provides at-a-glance descriptions of each medical problem, as well as its diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Also featured is a full-color atlas of the cardiovascular system and more than two hundred illustrations, charts, and tables. The Yale University School of Medicine Heart Book is truly the one reference guide every family needs to be fully informed about maintaining a healthy heart.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Zaret, Moser and Cohen, in one of the most comprehensive looks yet taken at cardiovascular health, leave no stone unturned in their quest to educate the public in this user-friendly, browsable volume. Here one finds easy-to-understand descriptions of heart disease and other cardiovascular maladies--heart attacks, hypertension, strokes, cardiac arrhythmias, rheumatic heart disease. In addition to explanations of the various tests and procedures for evaluating and monitoring cardiovascular conditions, tables detail what the most commonly prescribed drugs can and cannot do. And although many of us are weary of hearing about good and bad cholesterol, the good doctors make it a point to say that these should not be ignored. For anyone facing cardiovascular surgery, or knowing someone in need of it, descriptions of the newest offerings in bypass and other state-of-the-art techniques will prove useful. But equally important is the sound advice--no-nonsense, not threatening--about maintaining good cardiovascular health through diet, exercise and stress reduction. Especially helpful is an extensive end-of-the-book encyclopedia of common cardiovascular disorders and symptoms, and a directory of resources. Zaret, Moser and Cohen are professors at the Yale University School of Medicine. (May)
Library Journal
While those individuals at risk or who already have heart disease would benefit greatly from this comprehensive volume, any person with an interest in learning about the heart and its connection to other systems in the body will find this book fascinating and highly informative. It is written at a fairly high educational level but incorporates medical terms with their definitions in such a way that it is very readable, both in format and content. Divided into six sections, this comprehensive work covers the heart and its function, discusses ways to lower one's risk of heart disease, and explains how diagnoses are made. It also includes an Encyclopedia of Common Heart Disorders that lists major cardiovascular disorders and treatments, and special sections on women, different ethnic and racial groups, and age groupings. Charts and tables abound, including ways to rate one's own heart risk and advice on changing to a healthier lifestyle. This book not only tells the reader what to change but also details how to do it. However, it skims over the emotional aspects of heart disease and should have done more with patients' rights and responsibilities. But in all other aspects, it is the most in-depth, comprehensive lay text this reviewer has ever seen. It would be invaluable in any health collection and is highly recommended. (Color atlas and index not seen.)-- Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
Booknews
A comprehensive reference guide to the heart for lay readers. Members of Yale's medical school faculty offer current information on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease in 29 clear and concise chapters, accompanied by a color atlas of the cardiovascular system and some 200 illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688097196
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Pages: 544

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Color Atlas
Pt. I The Heart and How It Works 1
Ch. 1 The Heart and Circulation 3
Ch. 2 What Can Go Wrong 11
Pt. II How to Lower your Risk of Heart Disease 21
Ch. 3 Cardiovascular Risk Factors 23
Ch. 4 The Role of Cholesterol 37
Ch. 5 Adopting a Healthful Diet 51
Ch. 6 Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs 71
Ch. 7 Exercise 85
Ch. 8 Stress, Behavior, and Heart Disease 95
Pt. III Steps in Making a Diagnosis 105
Ch. 9 Heart Disease Symptoms 107
Ch. 10 Diagnosis 115
Pt. IV Major Cardiovascular Disorders 131
Ch. 11 Heart Attacks and Coronary Artery Disease 133
Ch. 12 High Blood Pressure 149
Ch. 13 Heart Valve Disease 167
Ch. 14 Heart Failure 177
Ch. 15 Heart Muscle Disease 185
Ch. 16 Heart Rhythm Disorders 195
Ch. 17 Peripheral Vascular Disease 205
Ch. 18 Stroke 215
Pt. V Special Situations 235
Ch. 19 Women and Heart Disease 237
Ch. 20 Heart Disease in the Young 247
Ch. 21 Heart Disease in the Elderly 263
Ch. 22 Racial and Ethnic Differences in Heart Disease 273
Pt. VI Methods of Treatment 281
Ch. 23 Cardiovascular Drugs 283
Ch. 24 Coronary Angioplasty and Interventional Cardiology 305
Ch. 25 Heart Surgery 313
Ch. 26 Pacemakers and Antitachycardia Devices 331
Ch. 27 Cardiac Emergencies 339
Ch. 28 Cardiac Rehabilitation 349
Ch. 29 The Patient as a Consumer 359
Pt. VII Encyclopedia of Common Heart Disorders 363
Pt. VIII Appendix 399
Glossary 401
Directory of Resources 411
Selected Bibliography 415
Index 417
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