Your Heart: An Owner's Guide / Edition 1

Your Heart: An Owner's Guide / Edition 1

by John A. Elefteriades, Lawrence S. Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 159102451X

ISBN-13: 9781591024514

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Despite great progress in prevention and treatment, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated one in six Americans will develop some kind of cardiac problem in their lifetime, and each year nearly three-quarters of a million people die from heart disease. Faced with these statistics, Americans naturally have many questions

Overview

Despite great progress in prevention and treatment, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated one in six Americans will develop some kind of cardiac problem in their lifetime, and each year nearly three-quarters of a million people die from heart disease. Faced with these statistics, Americans naturally have many questions about risk factors, warning signs, treatment options, and numerous other concerns.

This comprehensive guide makes crucial, potentially life-saving information about the heart easily accessible. Based on decades of hands-on experience in treating patients, the authors — a cardiothoracic surgeon and a cardiologist, both affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine — address specific questions that they hear virtually every day from the people in their care. Simulating an office visit with heart specialists, the book uses an easy-to-follow format that allows readers to find answers quickly. Numerous professional medical drawings and actual operating-room photographs illustrate important facts and concepts.

From well-known problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and angina, to lesser-known conditions such as valvular heart disease, rheumatic fever, and arrhythmia, the authors provide clear, up-to-date, fact-based medical information, while avoiding confusing jargon as well as fad therapies. They also discuss tests and diagnoses; lifestyle changes to avoid or to live with heart disease; medications and therapies; and surgical procedures such as bypass grafting, valve replacement, and heart transplants, among other treatments. A special section is devoted to women and their hearts.

This superb all-in-one popular reference book on the heart will be a welcome resource for heart patients, their families, healthcare providers, and anyone concerned about a healthy lifestyle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591024514
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
415
Sales rank:
1,066,929
Product dimensions:
5.39(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     9
Foreword     11
Preface     13
Introduction to the Heart     17
Coronary Artery Disease     25
Heart Failure     41
Arrhythmias     55
Valvular Heart Disease     75
Hypertension, High Cholesterol, and Arteriosclerosis     89
Heart Attacks     121
Tests and Diagnoses     131
Living with Heart Disease: Lifestyle Changes That Protect Your Heart     151
Treatment: Medications, Therapies, and Procedures     161
Rheumatic Fever, Aneurysms, and Cardiac Tumors     201
So You Need Heart Surgery     221
Surgical Procedures     267
After Surgery     333
Heart Disease in Women     355
Afterword     373
Glossary     375
List of Case Vignettes     383
Lists of Illustrations and Tables     385
Notes     391
Index     395

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