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The Cardiovascular Cure: How to Strengthen Your Self Defense Against Heart Attack and Stroke Paperback – August 12, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (August 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767908821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767908825
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In The Cardiovascular Cure, Dr. Cooke has translated the research of our field into life-saving information that we can all use. If you really care about your cardiovascular health, you must read this book!”
--Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D., 1998 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of Nitric Oxide

“This authoritative book appropriately points out why everyone should worry about the health of their endothelium and, better still, do something to protect it if it shows signs of damage. Early identification and treatment of reduced nitric oxide release should be the preventive agenda for the new millenium.”
--Jay N. Cohn, M.D., Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

“This book should be read by all patients with heart disease as well as anyone at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke. The comprehensive risk reduction program recommended by Dr. Cooke uses the most advanced research to help everyone improve the health of their blood vessels.”
--William L. Haskell, Ph.D., Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention

The Cardiovascular Cure is a lucidly written description of EDRF and endothelial dysfunction. Treatment with exercise and a diet rich in arginine, vitamins, and anti-oxidants is important to the many patients prone to develop heart attacks or stroke.”
--Dr. Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Texas, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

“Helping yourself prevent a heart attack means knowing more than your ‘cholesterol count.’ In this clearly written book, Dr. Cooke introduces you to the important role played by the endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels) in this process, and what you can do to keep this vital organ as healthy as possible.”
--Gerald Reaven, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine


From the Hardcover edition.

From the Inside Flap

The Cardiovascular Cure offers a groundbreaking approach to preventing heart attack and stroke by enhancing your body?s own natural defenses. Dr. John Cooke, head of Stanford Medical School?s vascular unit, has devised a powerful new method for fighting cardiovascular disease without bypass surgery or angioplasty. Drawing on his own investigations, as well as Nobel Prize-winning research from a team of American scientists, Dr. Cooke provides heart patients with a diet, supplement, and exercise program that will help them feel better in as little as two weeks. His program also works to prevent heart disease in those at risk.

In 1998, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded for the discovery of EDRF (endothelium-derived relaxing factor), a chemical produced in the lining of the blood vessels, which keeps them free of plaque. Dr. Cooke and other investigators have found that specific nutrients can enhance EDRF production and improve blood flow in people with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or other risk factors for heart disease.

This potentially life-saving book shows how anyone can achieve healthier blood vessels (the key to preventing heart disease). A two-week menu plan contains recipes that emphasize EDRF-enhancing foods, and there is detailed information on supplemental nutrients and vitamins that are useful in strengthening the cardiovascular system. Recipes from breakfast (Banana Date-Nut Bread; Blueberry Oat Pancakes; Pineapple Ginger or Tropical Smoothies; Pumpkin Muffins) to dinner (Moroccan Red Snapper; Chicken Wrap with Refried Beans; Soy-Glazed Salmon; Turkey Meatloaf) feature healthy fats found in fish, nuts, and olive oil. There is also welcome news that red wine and chocolate can be good for you (there are recipes for Double Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Raspberry Surprise).

The exercise program consists of the same therapeutic plans Dr. Cooke has prescribed for even his most severely ill patients, many of whom begin to walk and even exercise more vigorously without pain after two weeks. In addition, there are aerobic workouts designed for more active patients. Dr. Cooke also provides state-of-the-art information (pro and con) on conventional drugs?from aspirin to beta blockers?and medical tests and procedures to further combat cardiovascular disease.

With an introduction by Sir John Vane, a Nobel Prize-winning cardiovascular scientist, this book will provide anyone concerned about his or her cardiovascular health with new hope for a pain-free, disease-free life.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Dr. Cooke has researched a timely and relevant field.
Bob
As a practicing cardiologist who aims to achieve shrinkage of coronary plaque in patients, we've applied Dr. Cooke's concepts with great success.
William Davis, Md, Sc
Tips and guidelines to incorporate good heart healthy choices into daily routine and lifestyle.
Tim Yoder

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bob on October 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It is not often that a Doctor writes so honestly. I love the recommendation to utilize diet and medication before resorting to invasive treatment.
Dr. Cooke has researched a timely and relevant field. He has the good sense to enlist assistance in articulating his research to the public in such an honest and straightforward manner.
He is a credit to his field of "The Youngest Science" as Dr. Lewis Thomas called it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By William Davis, Md, Sc on September 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Cooke is the world's number one expert on the nutritional supplement l-arginine and its antagonist, asymetric dimethylarginine. It's a mouthful, but among the keys to cardiovascular health. Dr. Cooke speaks with the authority of someone who has performed a huge amount of the "bench" research himself. If you're interested in knowing about the most powerful tools available to prevent heart attack and control cardiovascular risk, Dr. Cooke's book is a crucial addition to your library.

As a practicing cardiologist who aims to achieve shrinkage of coronary plaque in patients, we've applied Dr. Cooke's concepts with great success.

William Davis, MD author of Track Your Plaque
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Big John on January 31, 2003
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My sister bought me this book, right after I had some heart palpitations and was admitted to a hospital. I read the book THREE times! Dr. Cooke verifies what I already know and believe and gave me many more additional insights as well.
But does it work? I applied Dr. Cooke's principles and after only six weeks I saw major results, confirmed by my cardiologist, as well as with blood tests.
Needless to say I bought 15 copies of the book and gave one to each of my family as presents. I will also buy more for my best friends.
This book truly saved my life.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book on the workings of the heart.
It explains how a healthy endotheliam releases its own nitro.
Small amounts of L-arginine potentiate nitric oxide. This process
increases blood flow and reverses heart disease. The nitric
oxide relaxes blood vessels and facilitates blood flow.
The endothelium is known to potentiate the increase in blood
flow. This book will help to formulate an optimal strategy
to deal with impediments to blood flow and nutritional issues
which are at the periphery of heart health issues. It would be
an excellent addition to the medicinal personal health library.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Kara on October 12, 2004
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The title of this book struck me as a bit of hyperbole, since most people think of "cure" in the sense of disease eradication. I guess that goal might be achieved in some cases by strict adherence to Dr. Cooke's guidelines, but I think the term the term "cure" in the title is better understood in the sense of "treatment for a disease". Dr. Cooke himself tells you that a clinically available test for endothelial dysfunction is still not available. It therefore seems premature to suggest that these guidelines have proven to be a real "cure" in the sense most people use that word. However, I certainly don't doubt those who say that following Dr. Cooke's advice has resulted in their feeling much better. In fact, I intend to try his two weeks of menus and diet guidelines to see if it helps me. I settled on a "four stars" for this book because first, most of the material in its 310 pages is a re-hash of information that's already available elsewhere - for example, the benefits of fruits and vegetables, fiber, soy, fish oil, various supplements, aerobic exercise; and the dangers of elevated homocystein or low HDL etc. These recommendations could be found in virtually any recent book or website aiming to educate people about preventing or treating heart disease,although Dr. Cooke (and Ms. Zimmer) do a good job of bringing these topics together and explaining how they help with one's endothelium. Second, the diet recommendations include two weeks of menus and recipes, which is alright - but I think a more practical approach is to give readers a more detailed analysis of foods they should or should not eat, and explain why. For example, Dr. Atkins (whatever else you think of him) lists foods according to whether they should be consumed frequently, moderately, or rarely.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Schwartz on June 28, 2013
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Even though this book is a decade old, the information in it is valuable if for no other reason than it's written by a vascular specialist rather than a cardiac specialist.

A French researcher named Alfred Tomatis liked to say that the eardrum was not differentiated skin, but rather that our skin was undifferentiated eardrum tissue. That may seem like a strange position to take for researchers with normal hearing, for someone who's profoundly deaf, it explains how they "hear" the world.

In the present case, it's strange to me how so many heart health researchers try to explain your heart health, which is actually referred to as "cardioVASCULAR disease", as something that happens independently of the rest of your VASCULAR system. You don't just get CVD in your coronary arteries! Yes, they get blocked, but what causes a heart attack is a blood clot that originates somewhere else in the body -- as a result of a vascular problem. These clots don't just materialize out of thin air! So understanding the impacts that our entire vascular system has on heart health is much more inclusive than just studying what's going on with your heart in isolation.

Moreover, it also helps understand why cholesterol is far less important to heart health than most doctors and the "Powers that Be" want us to believe.
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