A revolutionary, personalized guide to preventing heart disease based on genetic factors
Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in America. It affects 81 million Americans and is the culprit in one of every two deaths in the United States. Most people think that they are not at risk of a heart attack if they control their cholesterol and blood pressure, but they aren’t aware of other major risk factors. The good news is that with the right information and strategies, heart attacks are preventable—even if heart disease runs in the family.
In Beat the Heart Attack Gene, world-renowned cardiovascular specialists Bradley Bale, MD and Amy Doneen, ARNP, present a new model for understanding and preventing heart disease. They explain the three different genetic types of cholesterol profiles and tailor treatments for each type, using their cutting-edge Bale/Doneen Method, a simple, comprehensive prevention plan that detects cardiovascular disease (CVD) at early stages. Beat the Heart Attack Gene includes easy quizzes and self-tests that show how to determine cholesterol genotype as well as advice for how to apply that knowledge through nutritional and lifestyle changes. For heart attack and stroke survivors, the Bale/Doneen Method also helps prevent recurrences by identifying and treating what's triggering the patient's disease—a crucial step that many cardiologists neglect.
With their proven method utilized by healthcare professionals worldwide, Bale and Doneen empower readers by alerting them to potential health threats, and then offer personalized, evidence-based strategies so they can live healthy, active lives without fear of heart attack or stroke. Specifically, Beat the Heart Attack Gene addresses:
*The hidden cause of most heart attacks
*Early prevention methods
*The dangerous cholesterol most doctors don’t check
*Major red flags for heart attack and stroke risk, including gum disease
*The gene that increases cardiovascular risk as much as smoking
*The best and worst supplements for your heart
*10 surprising ways to prevent heart attacks
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Bale and Doneen have also formed the Institute of Arteriology, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting the study of arterial wall health with the mission to ensure all individuals have the opportunity to live their lives free of cardiovascular disease events.
Lisa Collier Cool is a bestselling author, blogger for Yahoo! Health, and winner of 19 medical journalism awards.
Read an Excerpt
New cars come with a warranty. Who would buy one otherwise? We think medical providers should guarantee that their care is effective. Since 2008, all patients we’ve treated every year at our clinics—the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center in Spokane, Washington, and the Heart Attack, Stroke and Diabetes Center at the Grace Clinic in Lubbock, Texas—have been offered a written guarantee stating that if they suffer a heart attack or stroke, they will receive a refund of 100 percent of the fees paid during the year. To date, we’ve only had to give one refund.
While you might think we achieved these results by catering to already healthy people, in fact, many of the men and women we treat have major cardiovascular risk factors like high cholesterol or metabolic syndrome (a dangerous cluster of abnormalities—high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a wide waistline—that greatly magnify the threat of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes). Other patients were past or current smokers, were diabetic (which quadruples a person’s risk for heart attacks or strokes), had a family history of cardiovascular disease, or were morbidly obese, including people weighing as much as 400 pounds. Many of our patients have already suffered a heart attack or stroke, putting them at a particularly high risk for having another of these life-threatening events.
In this book, we’ll present the unique, personalized prevention and treatment plan that could save your life. By following our plan, called the Bale/Doneen Method, you can avoid a heart attack or stroke, even if cardiovascular disease (CVD) runs in your family. If you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, we’ll show you how to keep it from happening again. You’ll also learn the action steps you need to take—today—to improve and protect the health of the most important muscle in your body, the heart, and the most important organ, your brain. The Bale/Doneen Method has helped thousands of people live active, healthy and pleasurable lives, without the fear of a heart attack or stroke.
Table of Contents
Foreword by luminary heart specialist TBD
Part 1: Fundamentals
Chapter 1: A Plan That’s Guaranteed to Prevent Heart Attacks
Chapter 2: What Really Causes Heart Attacks
Chapter 3: Red Flags—Are You at Risk?
Chapter 4: The Best Kept Secret in Medicine
Chapter 5: Women and Heart Disease
Part 2: Medical Detective Work
Chapter 6: Tests That Could Save Your Life
Chapter 7: How Hot Are Your Arteries?
Chapter 8: Sizing Up Cholesterol
Chapter 9: The Hidden Cause of Most Heart Attacks
Chapter 10: Decoding Your DNA
Part 3: Your Action Plan
Chapter 11: Setting Optimal Treatment Goals
Chapter 12: A Diet-and-Exercise Plan Based on Your DNA
Chapter 13: Personalizing Your Prevention Plan
Chapter 14: The Health Hazard in Your Mouth
Chapter 15: The Journey to Peak Health
Afterword (Letter to Reader)
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