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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030746525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307465252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Cholesterol Down, nutrition and fitness expert Brill simplified lowering blood cholesterol levels to four weeks and 10 steps. Here, she reduces confusing dietary guidelines typically given to post–heart attack patients to a two-month regime aiming to minimize risk factors ("good" and "bad" cholesterol ratios; blood pressure levels; inflammation; weight; etc.). Brill's focus is dual: preventing a second heart attack and creating a lifestyle that works in tandem with prescribed medications. Contending that low-fat diets and most supplements are ineffective and programs touted in bestsellers and the media (Pritikin, Ornish) prove too restrictive for many patients, Brill offers a Mediterranean-style diet incorporating liberal daily servings of eight "superfood" groups: healthy fats, vegetables, fruit, legumes, seafood, walnuts and flaxseeds, whole grains, and moderate amounts of red wine. Brill's primer on plaque, which she states can begin to build up before birth, is alarming, but her confidence in reversing cardiovascular disease will encourage readers to make significant lifestyle changes. To ensure they do so, Brill throws in a bonus superfood: dark chocolate, a treat, she advises, to be consumed daily. (Feb.)
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...Brill's confidence in reversing heart disease will encourage readers to make significant lifestyle changes. To ensure they do so, Brill throws in a bonus superfood: dark chocolate, a treat, she advises, to be consumed daily. --Publisher's Weekly

“This is an important book. Dr. Brill has managed to combine an enormous body of scientific literature [that] establishes the profound links between heart health and nutrition with a highly practical, motivational, and user-friendly approach. If every American followed the principles found in this book, we could substantially reduce the burden of heart disease in our country.”
—James M. Rippe, MD, cardiologist, founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute

“Dr. Brill provides an engaging and informative book for patients and providers alike. This exceptional book provides easy-to-read information on nutrition and heart disease, practical approaches to heart healthy living, and tools to help patients successfully reduce heart-disease risk. I will recommend this book most highly to all my patients.”
—JoAnne M. Foody, M.D., FACC, FAHA, medical director of Cardiovascular Wellness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“For the thirteen million Americans who have survived a heart attack or are diagnosed with heart disease, this book is a MUST read! In [a] thorough, thoughtful, evidence-based, user-friendly approach, Dr. Brill presents the eight key foods and lifestyle changes needed to CONQUER heart disease. This book provides the roadmap to successfully navigating the way to a long healthy life after a heart attack.”
—Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., FACC, FAHA, cardiologist, coauthor of Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas

“A superb resource for health professionals and consumers! Dr. Brill covers it all! I will recommend her book wholeheartedly to my patients who want science-based guidelines to keep their hearts healthy naturally with nutritious foods and exercise.”
—Georgia Kostas, MPH, RD, LD, author of The Cooper Clinic Solution to the Diet Revolution

More About the Author

A leading diet and nutrition author, lifestyle-interventionist, researcher, educator and life-changing speaker.

Holds master's degrees in both nutrition and exercise physiology and a doctorate in exercise physiology; registered dietitian; certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association and Wellcoaches, Inc.

An expert in the field of health, wellness and cardiovascular disease prevention.

Published in noted scientific journals including:
* The International Journal of Sport Nutrition
* The International Journal of Obesity.

Published and quoted in leading lay publications including:
* Shape
* Prevention
* Men's Health
* First for Women
* Woman's World and others

Nutrition consultant for leading firms such as American Express.

Has conducted health seminars for notable companies such as:
* Goldman Sachs
* AON Insurance
* Deloitte and Touche
* Miami VA Hospital and more

A former adjunct professor at:
* Florida International University
* The University of Miami

Guest nutrition expert for the nationally televised show The Balancing Act (Lifetime).

Director of Nutrition for Fitness Together, Inc., the world's largest wellness organization. She is highly involved with the American Heart Association Go Red movement.

Dr. Brill's book, Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 foods, 8 weeks to Reversing Heart Disease (Three Rivers Press) was published in February, 2011.

Her new book: Blood Pressure Down is due out May 2013.

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This book is packed full of useful information.
Angela Ellis Lamberson, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Dr. Janet Bond Brill's "Prevent a Second Heart Attack" is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to reverse, or even prevent, heart disease.
Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, CLT
Her approach is based on documented, clinical studies which are referenced in the book.
Grace Ogden

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By tikcuf on May 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
My review is written from the perspective of a physician and clinical epidemiologist and researcher.

This is a well researched and written book with generally mainstream conclusions regarding secondary dietary prevention of heart disease based on current research. Her book will provide sound practical advice and hope to individuals with newly diagnosed coronary artery disease and their families. Readers would be well advised however, to supplement this book with resources from other sources such as the American Heart Association regarding other risk factors and lifestyle interventions not emphasized in this book.

Ms. Brill, as a registered dietician, focuses primarily on diet. Most authorities have adopted the basic principles she advocates such as a Mediterranean diet, exercise, and moderate alcohol intake. Furthermore, she makes a good effort to summarize complex biochemical principles and epidemiological research into an accessible format for lay readers.

Readers should be cautioned, however, that such conclusions are largely based on non-experimental, epidemiological research. Such research can only show a statistical association; it cannot prove causation and, thus, conclusions based on it are likely to change over time (as it has in the past) as the scientific database grows. I was concerned that she repeatedly makes claims of causation based on such epidemiological data.

My other major concern is that her recommended diet is relatively high in fat. If one were to follow her advice literally regarding liberal consumption of olive oil and nuts in the quantities she recommends, these two items alone amount to nearly 500 calories per day. It would be difficult to do this and not gain weight over time, which would obviously have an unintended and adverse effect on one's lipid (cholesterol) profile.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Kinchen on February 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I was released from the hospital in June 2010, I was wheeled out to the parking lot to await my taxi ride from Victoria Texas to my home in Port Lavaca, Texas, with a fistful of prescriptions, a one-page advisory on maintaining the right diet and exercising -- and two coronary arterial stents.

If you have to have a heart attack, my board certified cardiologist told me, the kind I had was the best. I had no chest pains, but I was sweating much more than usual and I was experiencing nausea to a horrific degree.

With the stents, proper medication and exercise -- and the right diet -- I'm feeling great now.

My diet before the June 19, 2010 heart incident (I hesitate to call it an "attack") wasn't bad and I'm a non-smoker, so only a few modifications were necessary. I don't eat much red meat; I love veggies and fruit and use soy milk in my oatmeal and other whole grain cereal, rather than cow's milk, which my wife loves. I can't stand eggs or chicken (the result of growing up on a Michigan farm where we raised chickens for their meat and their eggs). I do love cheese, but I try to eat it sparingly and an occasional (very occasional) French bread pizza in the microwave is just what I need with my glass or two of red wine in the evening. I like an occasional bite of chocolate, which Brill recommends, in moderation. Plus I love nuts, including the walnuts that Brill says are great for heart health, as is the oatmeal that I regularly consumed.

Instead of the cheat-sheet on diet and exercise, which I already followed, a copy of Janet Bond Brill's "Prevent A Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease" (Three Rivers Press, 336 pages, $15.00) would have been most welcome.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janice Baker, RD, CDE, CNSC, BC-ADM on March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified nutrition support clinician in practice for 28 years, I'm continually on the lookout for practical, evidence based and realistic information for so many of my patients who are at high risk of heart disease. However, as so many of my patients and clients already have heart disease in various forms, they need detailed information and education that "hits home"! Dr. Janet Brill has written a book that is user friendly, thorough, and will help both layperson and health care professionals sort through the confusion information on nutrition and prevention that is so prevalent. Additionally, recipes and cooking tips provided are wonderfully tasty, enticing and adds to the great value and usefulness of this book. I'll definitely be bringing this book with me to my nutrition programs and classes for my patients to put on their recommended reading list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Rossellini on August 3, 2012
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Do I think that in eight weeks with eight foods you're going to reduce your heart disease that took years to emerge?
Do I think you can make changes that will alter your health for the better? Absolutely!

Janet Bond Brill is an advocate of a Mediterranean style diet, minimal red meat, lots of fish, greens, extra virgin olive oil, walnuts, flax seed, red wine, etc. It's a healthy diet, with a huge variety of foods.

It's a diet I've been following since November, 2009 (a couple of years before Brill published this book) because my LDL was at a dangerous level. My primary care physician wanted me on a statin, like Lipitor or Mevacor, immediately. I said "Give me six months to alter my diet and then we'll talk about statins." I went on a diet regimen very close to what Janet Bond Brill has outlined. Six months later my LDL was normal/low and my doc anointed me as "the poster boy" for dietary control of LDL cholesterol. I've read this book, just to see how close it is to my self-prescribed diet. It's very close.

But, I do think it's a book that anyone who could be at risk for heart disease should read. I'm 67 years old. My father died at 58, following years of heart disease. He loved his eggs, red meat, rich desserts, etc. and ate all he desired. He robbed his wife and children of years of his love and companionship. His doctor, post mortem, said he could not convince my father that his diet was instrumental to his heart disease.

I'm not going to let that happen to me.

If you have a family history of heart disease, read this book. Follow the diet and you'll feel and probably look better.
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