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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

About the Author

Marc Wallack, M.D., is chief of surgery at Metropolitan Hospital and vice-chair of the Department of Surgery at New York Medical College. He has held numerous other prestigious academic appointments throughout his career.

Jamie Colby, Dr. Wallack's wife, is a longtime network news anchor and now hosts the Fox News Channel programs America's News HQ and Sunday Housecall with Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1 Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158333419X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334195
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I started raeding this book after having valve replacemnet surgery. This is one of the best books I have ever read and would recommend it to anyone who has had open heart surgery, a heart attack or any heart related event. The book touches on so many areas from surgery, medicine, and the emotional and physical recovery. It is a great resource for both the patient and caregiver. There are very few books out there on heart disease - but this one is a great resource. It is a MUST read!
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Disclaimer: Marc and Jamie are friends, but that is why I had the privilege to obtain a pre-print of this marvelous book. The perspective of surgeon-patient that it brings is an extraordinary one, and while its audience is rightfully intended to be the patient I think that the Society of Thoracic Surgeons would do quite well to urge each of its surgeon members to read and refer to it. The husband-wife team are to be congratulated for letting down their shield of privacy to allow the world to see what they have gone through together. I can only imagine how hard some of that must have been - the chapter on sexuality after heart surgery comes to mind. Often witty, always endearing, and overall immensely helpful. This is a must-read not only for the patients it is intended for who have also gone through cardiac surgery. It is something that medical students, residents in training, and perhaps most of all the attending physician-surgeons that care for heart surgery patients MUST read.
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I am not a doctor, I am a heart patient. I have experienced an M.I., angioplasty, carotid endarterectomy, and triple bypass surgery. All this in spite of the fact that I live a heart healthy life. My enemy is genetics, virtually all my relatives on both sides succumbed to heart disease.

In general, I find Dr. Wallack's book useful and informative. I deduct one star because I find his chapters on diet and nutrition not strict enough by far.

Complement his book with Dr Dean Ornish's about reversing heart disease, the gold standard in my opinion. Place an order using this link:
http://www.amazon.com/Ornishs-Program-Reversing-Heart-Disease/dp/0804110387/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1293663404&sr=1-1

By the way, I don't know either Dr Wallack or Dr Ornish personally, but I have read a lot of heart health books.
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My name is Michael Blasberg and I purchased this book to give to someone that I thought would be helped by reading it. I have had an opportunity over the years to meet both Dr. Wallack and Jamie when they lived in Miami. I had grown to respect both of them as professionals and as individuals. Dr. Wallack was someone who actually practiced what he preached to his patients. I had decided to read the book before giving it to my friend because I thought that it would allow me to be a better supporter. Little did I know that I would take away lessons from this book. Like everyone else I felt that this can not happen to me. I am overweight and a candidate for a major crisis due to this problem. I realized that if someone in the shape that Dr. Wallack was in could succumb to a major crisis like this who am I to think I couldn't. I realized that this would not be fair to my family, friends and most of all myself. I figured that the courage that Dr. Wallack and Jamie have shown while dealing with this crisis why couldn't I have this same courage to deal with my issues. I have decided THANKS to this book to be proactive and not reactive. Since reading this book I have taken both Dr, Wallack's and Jamie's advice and set goals for myself. I have been following a better eating plan and since have lost 40 pounds and I am planning on running a 5K. I want to THANK both Dr. Wallack and Jamie for the guidance and support I have received from reading this book.
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The book's title could not be more appropriate: Back To Life is the appropriate marquee for where this book's science-based guidance leads the reader. After a traumatic heart crisis, life itself hangs in the balance, not only for the patient but for surrounding loved ones who recognize the basic centrality of the heart's function and its pyschological weight on our self image. Dr. Wallack and Ms. Colby are obviously a couple very much in love and we are all the beneficiaries of their practical advice and lessons learned. Through their words and candid testimonials, those who suffer a heart crisis will find their way back from the abyss of prolonged illness and death toward the simple grace of life in its truest essence..not back to wealth, not back to business-as-usual, not back to an unexamined or robotic life, but instead to a richer LIFE with its ever present opportunities to live and learn. Cheers to Dr. Wallack and Ms. Colby!
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I read this book before and right after my aortic valve replacement. Dr. Wallack provided a lot of his personal experience which, while helpful, was extremely one-sided. He had psychological issues after his surgery, mainly stemming from his inability to handle his professional medical colleagues' sniping and cruel attitudes and behaviors about his successful surgery. Instead of facing them straight-on and demonstrating he was capable of doing his job, he allowed them to push him aside. Maybe it was time for him to do so if he could not handle the back-biting that is so apparent in the medical field. He also admitted to difficulty removing himself from pain meds. While this may affect some people, it is not true for all patients recuperating. All of the info about how to be prepared was provided by my surgeon prior to my surgery, and by doing a lot of internet research. I did not experience any depression whatsoever after my surgery. I was grateful to be alive. I certainly enjoyed being "numb" from my pain meds, but knew I had to ween myself off, which I did within 3 weeks after surgery. I am 3 months post-surgery and pretty much back to normal, with a renewed outlook on life. This book may scare some readers, may be helpful to others, but is not one that I would recommend to anyone facing heart surgery. I would recommend going to a cardio-rehab center and sitting to talk with patients who just had surgery. We are a wealth of experience and knowledge about what to expect - good, bad and ugly. Good luck if you are facing heart issues. Stay optimistic - today's surgeons are wonderful. Their success rate is phenomenal.
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