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Living with Coronary Heart Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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This book is excellent at explaining the causes of heart disease and the science behind diagnosis and treatment.

(Library Journal)

Covers every treatment option available, and includes illustrations and graphs to help the information sink in.

(Pittsburgh Magazine)

[Living with Coronary Heart Disease] offers a solid background to educate those who experience heart disease... you can keep yourself fully informed with this book.

(David Keeber Sedona Red Rock News)

I recommend this book as a valuable insight into the coronary heart disease process.

(Jane Bridges Nursing Standard)

About the Author

Jerome E. Granato, M.D., F.A.C.C., is medical director of the coronary care unit at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Council on Clinical Cardiology at the American Heart Association.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (September 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080189025X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801890253
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Lbck on December 9, 2010
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Three hearty cheers (!!!) to Dr. Granato for writing this informative book on CHD. Unlike some other MD-authors who pitch their own biased notions concerning prevention and treatment, he provides a comprehensive overview of state-of-the art, evidence-based cardiological theory and treatment. The book is clearly written, using language that an educated lay person might easily understand. His color drawings are among the best I've seen, and greatly enhance his text.

My recent heart attack was a life-changing event that called for an abrupt increase in my knowledge, as well as changes to my lifestyle. To treat the after-effects of the attack, I underwent percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)to improve my blood flow. During this procedure some mysterious (to me at that time) stents were placed in my arteries and I was subsequently put on a regimen of several new pills that I knew nothing about. I studied this book from cover to cover and gained a better understanding of the following: the likely causes of my CHD; the nature of the stents that will reside in my arteries for the rest of my life; the rationale behind the medications I am currently taking; and the actions I should take to improve my chances for recovery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TheTonester on August 16, 2009
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After some unstable angina, I received a stent in my coronary artery at a fairly young age. Since then I was always plagued with questions about my medications, my prognosis, dangers, and what actually happened. Doctors and cardiologists will always tend to give you the Cliff Notes version. Websites and books will always repeat the usual ad nauseum prevention advice-- eat right, get exercise, keep your cholesterol low.

Living with CHD is a great book that answered my questions, and clarified everything my doctors ever told me. This book goes beyond the usual lay terms and topline information. It explains the biological and chemical processes of CHD, studies, and outlooks. And it does so with easy-to-swallow analogies and explanations. If you're tired of the usual information on heart health, this book will satisfy your appetite to know more.

It does get academic at points and sometimes can feel like a science lesson, but if you have CHD and want to know what's going on with your condition and care, this book is a well-written, absolute must-read. I finally know, in more medical terms, what's wrong with me and what all my meds really do. Kudos to the author and also Johns Hopkins Press.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VickyC on February 28, 2009
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This book explains very complicated medical conditions/treatment to patients and their loved ones in a very simple, understandable way. As a nurse, I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn about their heart disease and how to manage it. It helps you to be an advocate for your own healthcare. Very well written.
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