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Taking Control: Living with the Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome 3rd Edition

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From the Author

The 3rd edition offers even more information about mitral valve prolapse syndrome. Throughout the book, you will learn about the results of years of Dr. Scordo's research on this syndrome. For those that desire more information, each chapter has updated references. Everyone's favorite, MVPers tell their story chapter has been revised and updated. People from all over the United States share information with you. For people who want updated information on this syndrome, this book is for you. Kristine Anne Scordo, PhD,RN,CNP-ACNP

About the Author

Dr. Kristine Anne Scordo (PhD, The Ohio State University and RN diploma Queens General Hospital, New York) is professor at Wright State Univeristy and director of the acute care nurse practitioner program. She is the former clinical director of the MVP Program of Cincinnati. Dr. Scordo is a widely published author, editor and lecturer. Her research on MVPS is published in journals such as the American Journal of Cardiology and the Wester Journal of Nursing Research. Dr. Scordo has over 20 years experience in cardiology and currently practices as an acute care cardia nurse practitioner in Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Kardinal Publishing; 3rd edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142431576X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1424315765
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
Format: Spiral-bound
I recently obtained a copy of Dr. Scordo's book Taking Control: Living with the Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome, which a friend of the family who also suffers from MVPS recommended to me. Let me tell you, normally it takes me weeks to finish a book, but I couldn't put this one down.
I learned so much about myself in this book. The stories about others with Mitral Valve Prolapse made me feel so....normal. Plus I learned how to do things to reduce my symptoms, like exercising or eating better. I didn't know how much control I could have over my MVPS, if I just changed a few habits.
I highly recommend this book. It was written for people, not for doctors, so I could really understand it. It's definitely the best medical self-help book I've ever read.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on April 4, 2006
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I bought this book a few years ago after being diagnosed with MVP. I read the personal stories and felt great sympathy for the people who were experiencing so many symptoms which I didn't have. However, in the past two years, I have experienced many new symptoms and this book has been so reassuring and helpful in giving me ideas about how to control them. I have found Dr. Scordo to have much more knowledge about MVP than any of the primary care physicians I have visited. This book has been immensely helpful to me and I would highly recommend it to anyone diagnosed with MVP.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Deborah K. Freeman on February 10, 2001
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As an educated person who was caught unaware when my symptoms appeared with a vengeance, I came upon this book accidentally while researching MVPS. I cannot believe what a comfort the book has been in presenting this illness from the most basic of information to the more complex issues. One can use a little or a lot of the information, as needed. If you want more answers, the basis is there, and if you need help in confronting your symptoms, support and ideas are there. At the least, when you cannot get enough time or answers from your doctor, this book will serve that purpose, providing a complete explanation both physiologically and from a practical point of view. Most helpful are the shared experiences of other patients who have varying degrees of MVPS. Anyone with MVP or MVPS will appreciate this book and will keep it handy as a daily reference in dealing with symptoms and frustrations which go along with this syndrome.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By jane norman on December 3, 1999
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Only a few months ago I learned I had a heart condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse. My doctor tried to explain it to me, and what it meant, but frankly it wasn't clear to me. So I got online to see what resources I could find. Lo and behold I found this book right here on Amazon.com, and ordered it. It came in just a week or so ago, and I've already read it through.
This book really helped me understand what this Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome meant to me, to my lifestlye, etc. I saw so much of myself in the stories, the symptoms, etc. The best part is the book gave me some reasonable guidelines to make my life, well, normal. I highly recommend this book for those with Mitral Valve Prolapse.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CKelly on November 7, 2005
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I would like to correct some misinformation in the review posted by Louis in Alabama. The author has a PhD in Nursing, Cardiac Physiology, not an "unrelated field."
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
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This book is fantastic--the best book yet on MVP. There is a ton of useful information--I really liked the chapter about others with MVP and what they had to say. I started doing with Dr. Scordo recommended--can't believe I'm starting to feel better already. This book really gives you the confidence you need to take control of this syndrome. You will not be sorry you spent the money--the book is worth its weight in gold.I've read them all--this is by far the best book on MVP.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on January 25, 2006
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At first I was a little concerned because of some of the negative reviews. But I did my research and found Dr. Scordo's information at the faculty site of her university. The book will speak for itself. It is excellent with excellent information. Love the stories of other people with MVPS and love all the helpful advice. I too am a teacher and appreciated the additional references in the book. Without any doubts, this is a great book for those who want to learn more about MVP!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kayleigh Kohlsen on December 3, 2000
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This book was so helpful to me--a true answer to my prayers. I have been living with Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome for a couple of years now, but never really understood what it meant to my lifestyle, what I should (or should not) be doing to live with it, etc. I heard good things about this book in a support group, so I bought it. It was easy to read--like it was written for me (unlike all of those other medical books that you can't digest). And, the best part: I was finally able to feel at ease about my symptoms, and now feel like *I* am back in control of my life, rather than this condition being in control. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how to regain control of their life while living with MVPS.
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