From one of the most respected cardiovascular research and education facilities in the world comes a personalized wellness program for your most important asset. Take the Institute's simple test to evaluate your heart's health and identify your individual risk factors. Then, use the easy-to-follow, step-by-step programs to improve your overall health. Specifics include: * Exercise What kind you should do, and how much is enough (Chapters 2 and 15) * Weight Control What body type are you? A practical approach to attaining a healthy weight (Chapters 4 and 16) * Managing Stress How to measure and reduce it (Chapters 7 and 18) * Controlling High Blood Pressure How to detect it, and what to do about it (Chapter 8) * Lowering Your Cholesterol Count How much is too much, and how you can control it (Chapter 9) * Nutrition and Recipes The latest guide-lines and 31 delicious, heart-smart recipes (Chapters 3 and 21) * The Differences Between Men's and Women's Heart Health Pregnancy and childbearing, hormones, menopause, and their relationship to heart disease (Chapter 11) * Diagnosis and Treatment How to recognize the symptoms of heart disease, what to ask your doctor, and the facts about heart surgery and drug therapy (Chapters 23, 26, and 35)
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About the Author
THE TEXAS HEART INSTITUTE, located in Houston, is one of the largest, most respected heart research and educational facilities in the world. The Institute's breakthrough research in heart surgery, transplants, diagnosis, and medical treatment has set worldwide standards in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. DENTON A. COOLEY, M.D., founder and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Texas Heart Institute, is internationally known for his pioneering work in cardiovascular surgery. In 1968, Dr. Cooley and his team performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States, and, a year later, implanted the first artificial heart in a human being.
Table of Contents
Partial table of contents: YOUR PERSONAL HEART-HEALTH PROFILE. How Healthy is Your Heart? HEALTHY HEART HABITS. Good Nutrition. Weight Control. CONTROLLABLE HEALTH FACTORS. Hypertension. Cholesterol and Triglycerides. RISK FACTORS YOU CAN'T CHANGE BUT NEED TO ASSESS. Gender. Age. Genetic Factors. YOUR PERSONAL HEART-SMART PROGRAMS. Achieving Physical Fitness. Managing Stress. HEART-SMART COOKING. Basic Tips. Heart-Healthy Recipes. WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG. How to Choose and Work with Your Doctor. The Symptoms of Heart Disease. Diseases of the Heart Valves. Heart Surgery. Appendix. Glossary. Selected References. Index.