Back to Life After a Heart Crisis: A Doctor and His Wife Share Their 8 Step Cardiac Comeback Plan

Back to Life After a Heart Crisis: A Doctor and His Wife Share Their 8 Step Cardiac Comeback Plan

by Marc Wallack M.D., Jamie Colby

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Overview

A Wall Street Journal Top Pick of 2010

A top surgeon teams up with his wife, a veteran network news anchor, to offer a comprehensive plan for overcoming a heart trauma.

A well-known and internationally recognized surgical oncologist, Dr. Marc Wallack kept fit by training as a marathoner. He was the rock of his family, at the top of his career, and an expert on health who practiced what he preached-until he suffered angina symptoms while on a run. Two days later, after discovering his arteries were 95 percent blocked, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery and found himself unprepared for the emotional fallout of his recovery.

In Back to Life After a Heart Crisis, Dr. Wallack and his wife, journalist Jamie Colby, offer their moving personal story along with a one-of-a-kind, prescriptive guide to reclaiming your life after confronting the issues of mortality and vulnerability raised by a traumatic heart event-whether it be a heart attack or a surgical procedure. Brimming with inspiration and encouragement, this unique book shows readers how to regain emotional strength in tandem with healing physically by working through eight important milestones-from sleeping through the night to surviving doctor's appointments to taking on a huge physical challenge.

With sidebars and tips for caregivers, Back to Life After a Heart Crisis helps patients and their loved ones heal hearts and minds and feel vibrant and full of life again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583334195
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 305,794
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marc Wallack, MD, is a celebrated surgical oncologist with more than 20 years of experience. An affiliate of the Metropolitan Hospital Center and a faculty member of New York Medical College, he received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine. He is the author of Back to Life After a Heart Crisis, which details his recovery from quadruple bypass surgery.

Jamie Colby is a Fox News correspondent who has served as the host of Strange Inheritance since 2015. She holds a BS degree in accounting from the University of Miami and a JD degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Since joining the Fox News Channel in 2003 she has covered a number of major news stories, including those of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and the trials of George Zimmerman, Casey Anthony, and Jodi Arias. Prior to joining Fox, Colby served as a correspondent for CNN and CBS News. She has received a number of awards, such as the Edward R. Murrow National Award, the Gracie Allen Award, and the Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Part 1 The Hope

Introduction You: Back and Better Than Ever 3

1 The Story of This Courageous Survivor 11

2 An Insider's Guide to Early Cardiac Care 22

Part 2 The Plan

3 Step 1: Conquer the Night 43

4 Step 2: Face Physical and Emotional Pain 58

5 Step 3: Get Out 84

6 Step 4: Survive Doctors' Appointments 101

7 Step 5: Make Love to Your Partner Again 128

8 Step 6: Embrace Your Dinner Plate 137

9 Step 7: Arm Yourself for Career Issues 180

10 Step 8: Train for a Huge Physical Challenge 207

Part 3 The Support

11 The Finish Line 241

12 The Back-to-Life Recipe Collection 247

13 The Back-to-Life Resources 278

Notes 293

Index 301

What People are Saying About This

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"Back to Life After a Heart Crisis provides clear, jargon-free explanations of heart disease, and honest evaluation of the emotional and physical fallout from a heart crisis, and a comprehensive plan for common-sense recovery. [It] is like having a purse-sized personal physician-you know, the fantasy doctor seen on TV, the trusted, wise, supportive family friend."
-Blogcritics.com

"Back to Life after a Heart Crisis is chock-full of useful information, including explanations of medical terms, tests and procedures from the proverbial "horse's mouth"...Readers are unlikely to find another book quite like this one. It's unique and important for those who need it, and a clarion call to those who need to turn their health around, but are avoiding the tough decisions required to do so."
-The Huffington Post

"Powerful, practical, and deeply compassionate, this book is the blueprint for getting past the fear and living a vibrant, full life again."
-Arthur Agatston, M.D., author of The South Beach Diet

"A fascinating and inspiring story...What makes this book a 'must' for doctors and patients alike is the practical advice it contains on how to maintain emotional strength under duress and what steps to take to keep your heart healthy."
-Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., Rossi Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

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Back to Life after a Heart Crisis: A Doctor and His Wife Share Their 8 Step Cardiac Comeback Plan 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of vivid descriptions of multiple fears. I think its a great book for the caregiver but I would not give it to my husband because I think it would give him fear and anxiety.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Back to Life after a Heart Crisis is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
AaronsDad More than 1 year ago
Dr. Wallack and his wife have "hit the nail on the head" with this book. Five years ago, I also had open heart surgery (at age 44) and received little or no information from my team of surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, etc. as to what to expect when I came home from the hospital. I suffered severe depression, great anxiety, and many other symptoms that Dr. Wallack and Jamie Colby explain so very well in this book. Hospitals should arrange to give this book to every open heart surgery patient BEFORE their scheduled surgery date, so that the patient will have a better idea of what to expect in the following weeks, months and even years (both physical and psychological symptoms). The dietary ideas are also very helpful... FANTASTIC book, thank you!!
piersemom More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have for all cardiac patients and their family members. It answers all the questions you may have. Love all the true feelings revealed to help anyone get Back to Life!
Ralph-Barger More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this excellent book to anyone dealing with a serious illness or caring for a loved one through a health crises and the recovery process. Dr. Wallack provides unique insight as a skilled physician who found himself as a patient. Jamie Colby provides the reader with valuable insight on how to be the best care giver and advocate for your loved one and how to handle the mental stress of the operation and recovery experience. As a person with heart issues I am particularly interested in Dr. Wallack's ideas on the process of choosing the best doctor, procedure and hospital. The information both authors provide on diet, physical rehabilitation and mental outlook is wonderful. Purchase this book, we all will deal with serious medical issues in our lives and this book will help you make each day better.
Linda69 More than 1 year ago
This book is an outstanding book for the patient and especially for the caregiver. Alot of us as caregivers, did not really have a reference that we could rely on. This book is a "must" for all caregivers. It helps you get through what you need to get through each day. The book helps both the patient and caregiver maintain emotional strength for each other. I would strongly recommend this book, if you know of someone going through this, it is the best gift you can give to them...