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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345448073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345448071
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Sinatra (Heart Sense for Women and Optimum Health) offers a tightly focused program designed to reduce blood pressure in a very short time period. He first offers an overview of hypertension and its causes-primarily excessive salt intake, lack of exercise and weight gain. In his studies, Sinatra found that the American Heart Association's "heart healthy" (low fat, high carb) diet led to insulin resistance, weight gain and higher cholesterol levels. As an alternative, Sinatra devised what he calls a Pan-Asian/Modified Mediterranean diet with olive oil, fruit, vegetables along with soy and rice. The sensible diet will require people to give up many foods including hard cheese, white flour products including cereal, bread, pasta, etc. Along with these dietary changes, the program also includes medication and/or nutritional supplements, as well as exercise and stress reduction techniques. Sinatra insists, "treating your high blood pressure is not just about taking pharmaceuticals. In reality, it's a total lifestyle change and commitment." The program, while not easy to follow, is clearly explained and the book includes both meal plans and recipes. For patients willing to change their current eating and exercise patterns to lower their blood pressure, this is an excellent resource.
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'My kind of doctor! He integrates the best of conventional and alternative medical practice' Dr Christiane Northrup --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist and certified psychotherapist with forty years of clinical experience treating, preventing and reversing heart disease. He is also certified in anti-aging medicine and nutrition.
In his practice, Dr. Sinatra's focus has been integrating conventional medical treatments for heart disease with complementary nutritional, anti-aging, and psychological therapies to counteract the inflammation and plaque processes that cause heart attacks and strokes. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and a former chief of cardiology and medical education at Manchester (Connecticut) Memorial Hospital.
A prolific author, Dr. Sinatra has written numerous books, including The Great Cholesterol Myth (Fair Winds Press, 2012), Reverse Heart Disease Now (Wiley, 2008), The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology (Basic Health Publications, 3rd ed., 2011), Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks (Ballantine Books, 2003), Heart Sense for Women (LifeLine Press, 2000), Heartbreak & Heart Disease (Keats, 1999), and Earthing:The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (Basic Health Publications, 2010). He is also the host of the Internet's leading integrative cardiology website for the public, www.heartmdinstitute.com

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This book is very interesting.
Harry Valencia
I read this book to improve my high blood pressure and the tips it contained helped me to lower my BP by 30 points!
Jan
The book is honestly written with relavent medical science made easy to understand.
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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on December 1, 2004
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Ever wonder what Asparagus, Avacados and Anger have to do with hypertension? Although some folks suggest you should not eat Avocados if you are on a low fat diet, perhaps you will reconsider after you read Steven and Jan Sinatra's book. And although asparagus are available seasonally, so you may want to eat as many of the fresh ones as you can and avoid the canned variety unless you wash the salt off. Frozen asparagus are okay but they lack the crunch of course. The Sinatras say your best bet is to freeze your own.

Anger is the killer. Try yoga, deep breathing exercises, aromatherapy, and pets to release anger. Bodywork including massage will lower your blood pressure if you get angry. Working out with weights or walking can be wonderful stress relievers.

Quercetin in tea and/or red wine may be better for you than taking medications with COX-2 inhibitors. The Sinatras include meal plans and recipes. I'm already eating lots of soy and rice, but the Sinatras offer many other good ideas. My philosopy is `Take what you need and leave the rest" and there is plenty I can take from this book.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Bill Gottlieb on February 17, 2003
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Dr. Sinatra has used all the latest and smartest scientific info to devise a unique and effective program for anyone who wants to lower high blood pressure. I have read two of Dr. Sinatra's other books--on coenzyme Q10, and on the role of emotions in heart disease--and found them unfailingly informative, sensible, practical and insightful. I highly recommend this book.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By mizlee on December 5, 2005
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I never thought I'd find a cardiologist who agrees with me that prescription drugs are a last resort, but here he is. Believe it or not, he even understands enough about real life to tell you to get your chi in shape! If you want to know which supplements live up to their hype (and some of them do), this is the book you need.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Heather L. Parisi on January 30, 2006
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IN A NUTSHELL: E-Z to grasp balanced approach

Written by a Cardiologist, this book is among the first to suggest that treating hypertension is not just about filling prescriptions and taking your medicine on time.

WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT: Using Prescribed Meds As A Last rather than a 1st Resort!

Most of all, "Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks" is about using conventional prescription medicines as a last rather than a first resort.

So how do the Sinatras suggest doing this?

----- * DIETARY CHANGES, including the "Pan-Asian modified Mediterranean diet" plus certain amino acids [L-Arginine, L-Taurine, L-Carnitine], Co-enzyme Q10, flax, soy, fish oils, Hawthorn and much more. Comprehensive "Meal Plans" are included in the second half of the book.

BOTTOM LINE: - SAFE - EFFECTIVE - EASY TO MANAGE PROGRAM

Balanced approach to hypertension treatment which includes alternative medicine blended with conventional allopathic medicine. Best of all, this book is written by a Cardiologist [M.D.] and by a very qualified nurse [M.S.N., C.N.S., A.P.R.N.], who are a married couple.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bill McLean VINE VOICE on May 28, 2008
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Eight weeks ago I was diagnosed with isolated systolic hypertension (BP 160/64). I was already doing some of the book recommendations before I read it. Then I started on the full program right away. Now my resting BP is running 115/68 to 120/75 and my weight went from 160lbs to 150lbs. While I did NOT feel poorly eight weeks ago, I now feel unbelievably GREAT. I will be 70 years young in September 2008.

I think I should also report that my physician put me on ZOLOFT 100MG DAILY eight weeks ago. This reduced anxiety and depression and may have helped reduce my BP.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Freeman on May 24, 2008
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This book has good basic information, but it's basically directed to people who need to loose weight. There are a number of diets and recipes which are nutritious. That isn't my personal problem, but I did find information on supplements and herbs which was helpful. The step by step approach is well planned and would be useful for a person desiring to improve their health by changing habits.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Harley on October 10, 2007
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I am still reading this and I am loving it. The information is solid and makes sense. It's inspiring. I feel like this could really be helpful in my effort to take back my health.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet Schanzer on August 16, 2010
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Following Dr. Sinatra's instructions, my blood pressure, which had been creeping up, is now back to about 110/70 without any medication.
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